When an injury occurs or you are in pain, your first instinct is to call your primary care physician. That may be the proper course of treatment for most of your common injuries or pain, but when should you seek care with an orthopedic specialist?
You may need to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist if you have:
- Joint pain that continues or begins after an injury
- Limited or loss of range of motion in your joint movements
- Increased pain in your ankle, knee or hip joints when bearing weight
- Swelling or instability of your joints
- Fractures or broken bones
Listen to your body. If something does not feel right or you have continued swelling in your joints and the pain becomes unbearable, call and schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. Don't try to "tough it out" as this may cause further injury to the joints and prolong the healing process.