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.
Dr. Benjamin Sears
After receiving his bachelor of science in zoology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Benjamin W. Sears received his master of science in pharmacology from Tulane University. He then received his medical degree from Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating in the top third of his class. Dr. Sears completed residency training in orthopaedics at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago.
Following his residency, Dr. Sears received advanced training in the shoulder and elbow through his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He received additional experience and training in elbow surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, Ontario, Canada. After being in practice for three years, Dr. Sears joined Western Orthopaedics in 2014 and specializes in the care and treatment of elbow and shoulder injuries. Dr. Sears is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Sears, call Tracy at 785-626-3211 ext. 206.