When should I seek ortho care near me? Sometimes it’s difficult to know when you should see a doctor for your pain — all too often, our instinct is to “power through” and wait for pain to resolve itself. But there are warning signs that indicate your body’s muscles, joints, bones, or nerves are in distress. Keep reading to learn the warning signals that are telling you it’s time to talk to an orthopedic specialist and get to the root of your problem.
When Do You Need Orthopedic Care?
If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, we recommend scheduling an appointment with an orthopedist for evaluation.
- You have persistent joint pain, swelling or stiffness. Joint pain, swelling, and stiffness (especially morning stiffness) are all early indicators of arthritis. If you begin having joint pain more than a few days a month, or joint pain that progressively worsens, it’s time to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic expert.
- You’re having difficulty moving and performing everyday activities. Is stair climbing a slow-going, more difficult task these days? Do you have pain trying to lift your arm and shoulder to brush your hair in the morning? Are you struggling to stand up from a chair or exit a vehicle? If you’re noticing new mobility challenges or a decrease in range of motion, you may be dealing with a joint disease like arthritis. Make an appointment with an orthopedist to get to the root cause of the issue.
- You’re experiencing worsening pain. If you have shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot, back or neck pain that continues to worsen over several weeks or months, consider seeking professional help. Chronic pain — pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks (3 months) — is a sign of an underlying condition that needs medical management.
- You’re experiencing pain from repetitive movements. Does your knee start hurting a few minutes into your morning run? Is your wrist achy after an hour of typing at work? Do you feel a twinge in your elbow after a morning spent on a construction job site? If you’ve started having pain from frequently repeated motions, you may be developing an overuse injury. Overuse injuries can cause significant pain, inflammation and loss of movement in the affected body part. Get ahead of the problem by making an appointment with an orthopedist for an evaluation.
- You have a soft tissue injury that isn’t improving. If you’re suffering from a sprain, strain, tendonitis, or another soft tissue injury that isn’t improving with rest, ice and medications at home, it’s time to seek professional help.
- You were involved in an accident. If you’re involved in a car accident, fall, sports accident, or workplace accident, it’s a good idea to get an orthopedic evaluation — even if you don’t have any pain or injury symptoms. Sometimes accident injuries are delayed and don’t present until hours, days, or weeks after the initial incident. An orthopedist can examine you for signs of joint or structural damage, and help monitor your condition after an accident.
Orthopedic Treatment Services at BEST Surgery and Therapies
BEST provides a range of spine and orthopedic treatments and services in our state-of-the-art healthcare facility in Cincinnati, OH. Our non-surgical services include:
- Physical therapy
- Interventional pain procedures
- Regenerative medicine
- Nutrition services
If your condition requires surgery, BEST operates an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) on our Cincinnati campus. Our orthopedic surgeons are trained in the latest minimally invasive orthopedic and spine techniques, including arthroscopy, endoscopy, and minimally invasive spine surgery.
If your injury requires immediate care, skip the long and costly ER visit and come to BEST’s urgent orthopedic care clinic instead. We provide triage, testing, and treatment for urgent injuries like sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations.
We have a quick-reply scheduling service that allows rapid patient access to our modern healthcare facility. Please call us to speak with a dedicated Patient Experience Coordinator and schedule your first appointment.