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Five Signs That Say “See A Doctor”

Did you know that we have more than 300 bones and joints in our bodies? If one of them isn’t functioning properly, you could be in for a world of pain and discomfort. An orthopaedic physician specializes in the entire musculoskeletal system and utilizes both surgical and non-surgical processes to treat patients. They understand the various types of joints and how they work. This includes muscles, nerves, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and other connective tissue. Knowing when to contact an orthopedist isn’t always easy, but if you experience any of these five signs, you should schedule an appointment with Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine.

  1. Do you have difficulty performing everyday activities? Bone and joint discomfort are common in many people, but it should not inhibit your daily activities. If you struggle to perform simple tasks such as climbing stairs or walking your dog, you should see an orthopaedic physician.
  2. Is your range of motion limited? Your joints may be feeling rigid as you get older. A limited range of motion can indicate joint diseases such as arthritis. It’s important to see an orthopaedic as soon as possible to prevent your condition from getting worse.
  3. Do you suffer from chronic pain? We know how severe orthopaedic pain can be and how much it can limit a person’s lifestyle – for example, walking or playing tennis. There are many musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that can cause pain. If pain disturbs your sleep frequently, an orthopaedic specialist can help reduce or eliminate the pain.
  4. Do you experience instability while walking or standing? If you’re feeling unsteady or wobbly when performing basic functions such as standing up, walking, or sitting down, this is a strong sign that something is wrong with your joints. Your best option is to consult with an orthopaedic specialist to determine the cause of your instability.
  5. Have you suffered a soft tissue injury that has not improved in 48 hours? If you have recently suffered a soft tissue injury, such as a sprained ankle, twisted knee, or broken wrist, use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) method to see if the pain and swelling subside within two days. If you have not noticed any significant improvements after the first 48 hours, call an orthopaedic specialist. Call sooner if you also have weakness or numbness, if you hear a pop after a fall or hit, or if you can’t put weight on the affected limb.

Dr. Albert Volk of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine explains that Orthopaedic specialists can be viewed as the quarterback of a patient’s orthopaedic care plan. “They work to evaluate the patient’s unique situation and offer treatment options, helping the patient determine their best course of action. It might include surgery, but often doesn’t, even when that physician is an orthopaedic surgeon,” he says.

Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine is the largest and most experienced orthopaedic practice in the county with approximately one hundred team members specializing in all facets of sports medicine, spinal surgery, joint replacement, foot and ankle surgery, hand and wrist surgery, and musculoskeletal injuries. Convenient and comprehensive, the practice has both in-house Physical Therapy and MRI, with everything you need all in one facility. Patients can take advantage of complete orthopedic diagnosis, treatment and/ or surgery, rehabilitation, and assistance with orthotics care in one location.