About Orthopedics

Our bodies are made up of a system of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. This complex system is supported by our skeleton, our bones. When our bones are damaged or injured, the specialists in charge of overseeing our care are known as orthopedic specialists or orthopedic surgeons.

What Orthopedic Surgeons Do

Orthopedic surgeons manage and treat special problems related to the musculoskeletal system. This process includes:

  • The diagnosis of injuries or disorders
  • The treatment of an injury or disorder with medication, surgery, or others
  • The rehabilitation of the body and the bone through recommended exercises or physical therapy
  • Assisting in prevention by providing information and treatment plans designed to prevent injury or slow the progression of certain diseases

When to Visit an Orthopedic Specialist

Many people fail to understand the needs of their bodies, wrongly believing that pains they are experiencing need to be treated with medication. Some of the conditions or injuries that commonly cause this type of pain should actually be treated by an orthopedic specialist. You would likely benefit from meeting with an orthopedic surgeon if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your muscles, tendons, or joints that lasts longer than a few days
  • Signs of infection such as heat, inflammation, or redness in the hurting area (fever can also be present)
  • Joint pain that increases in intensity during periods of rest
  • Difficulty using a particular body part to perform daily functions
  • Limited range of motion
  • Joint deformity
  • Swelling or bruising around an injury or a joint

For more information about the orthopedic specialists and the treatments available at Rawlins County Health Center, contact us today.

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