How Do I Know It’s Time for Surgery?
Every year Orthopedic Surgeons help millions of people return to their active lifestyles by alleviating their debilitating injury or pain. Orthopedic surgery applies to any type of operation on the musculoskeletal system for the treatment of painful symptoms or restricted mobility.
Surgery can range from arthroscopy (tiny poke-hole incisions) which include simple repair or removal of torn ligaments, tendons, or debris from joints to more complex procedures such as minimally invasive joint replacement surgery. Doctors may also use arthroscopy to diagnostic tool to determine the cause of your joint pain.
Sometimes people suffering with painful orthopedic injuries or degenerative joint disease are hesitant or aren’t aware of the benefits of orthopedic surgery.
With the improvements of technology and science, it is now possible for patients to undergo outpatient orthopedic surgery and return home the very same day or after an overnight stay.
If you have tried treatment options such as pain medications, injections, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications and are still experience signs and symptoms, it may be time for surgery.
Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Restricted mobility
- Increased pain with activity
- Difficulty with activities of daily living
- Persistence or recurrence of bone and joint pain
- Pain that prevents you from sleeping
- Grating sensation in the joints
- Inability to do the things you enjoy
Orthopedic surgery is a far preferable option to living with pain and can offer a safe, easy, and permanent solution to many bone and joint conditions. Your situation may become worse if you wait too long before seeking a definitive surgical treatment. Take the first step and visit your doctor or an orthopedic physician to obtain an accurate diagnosis and explore possible treatment options.
Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today
Are you suffering from joint pain? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has 21 offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.