Your body is built around the skeleton which makes it a perfectly reasonable assumption that at some point or other your bones and or muscles may be afflicted with ailments brought about through general wear and tear or aging and sometimes disease. Orthopaedic care covers the study and care of the musculo-skeletal structure.
There are a large number of diseases and ailments which need to be treated by an orthopaedic surgeon although it might require a visit to your GP to establish the nature of the ailment and whether it requires the care of an orthopaedic specialist.
Diseases and ailments that may need the care of an orthopaedic specialist include:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Hip related conditions such as Hip Dysplasia
- Bone, joint and muscle infections in children
- Tennis elbow
- Joint pain
- Injuries to joints
- Arthritic symptoms
The spectrum of ailments for which treatment by an orthopaedic surgeon is required is larger than the list above and the care for each condition will be specialised and focused.
How do you know its time to pay a visit to your GP or move on to an Orthopaedic Specialist?
Many musculo-skeletal complaints are treated with medication. Should the need arise an orthopaedic doctor will be able to treat simple ailments such as a sprained ankle and as complex as joint surgery, although the first line of treatment will be less invasive and include medication and physical therapy.
The sooner you get advice about any musculo-skeletal discomfort or pain the easier it is to treat with non-invasive methods. Many of these ailments are left, or treated with painkillers resulting in the need for extensive, painful and expensive surgery at a later stage.
Your GP will be able to help you manage the discomfort of any muscular or skeletal problems you may have, but if the condition persists the best course of action is to arrange a visit to an orthopaedic specialist.
Fourways Health Centre have a range of medical services, one of which is a physiotherapist that is able to assist with the therapy prescribed by your orthopaedic specialist.