Here’s Why You Might Need To See An Orthopedic Surgeon

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Orthopedics is the medical specialty involved in diagnosing and treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons treat problems of bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. This includes fractures (broken bones), ligament (the tissue connecting bones to bones) tears, and tendon (the tissue connecting muscles to bones) tears. Arthritis (degeneration of the cartilage tissue in major joints) and other long-term conditions can be treated as well. Orthopedic surgeons treat people of all ages and a wide variety of conditions.

What are some reasons I might see an orthopedic surgeon?

The most common reason people seek out an orthopedic surgeon is an acute injury. When you break a bone or injure a joint, it’s usually pretty obvious you need to see an orthopedic specialist. Other reasons to consider making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon include:

  • Pain, stiffness, or discomfort that causes you to be unable to take part in daily activities
  • A decrease in range of motion
  • Chronic pain
  • Instability while standing or walking
  • An injury in any area connected to the musculoskeletal system like a tendon or ligament tear, a broken bone, joint pain, or progressive knee, hip, or shoulder pain
  • You have been told you might need joint replacement
  • You have a sports injury or chronic condition that interferes with sports

What treatments do orthopedists offer?

Orthopedic surgeons treat problems of the musculoskeletal system with and without surgery. The treatment options you have will vary depending upon your condition. Orthopedic physicians use everything from open surgery, casting, and splinting to newer, minimally-invasive techniques that include arthroscopy (using small incisions and a camera to fix problems that used to require large open incisions). Percutaneous treatment and injections are also used.

It is important to learn as much as possible about your condition and the treatment options you have so you choose the right one. Working with an orthopedist that will spend the time to educate and help you understand your health is vital to your recovery.

Your treatment plan should also include working on other areas of your life that may affect your condition. For example, joint damage can be made worse from excessive weight gain. Also, sports injuries can become worse or made chronic in athletes who do not use proper form.

Taking control of your orthopedic condition

Orthopedic surgeons aim to help you get your mobility back, whether you need one treatment or a lifetime of condition management. Here are some tips that can help you stay in control of your health.

  1. Work with your orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Dear believes he and his patients are a team who work alongside each other in treating your condition. It’s a true team effort.
  2. Stay positive. Rehabilitation following an injury or surgery can be a difficult process. Texas Panhandle Orthopedics will help you work through this every step of the way.
  3. Low-impact resistance exercise and weight management can be difficult, but they are vital for your recovery.
  4. Think of questions to ask before your appointment. Dr. Dear will go over every potential treatment option with you, along with their individual risks, benefits, and alternatives.

Visit with an orthopedic surgeon in Amarillo

Dr. Dear believes strongly in the healing potential of the human body and prefers nonoperative treatment whenever possible. If you think you may need to see an orthopedist or have been told you should see one, visit Texas Panhandle Orthopedics. Dr. Dear is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy.

To set up an appointment, or to learn more about our Services, call us at (806) 502-6570 or Send Us a Message today. We look forward to helping you get back to the activities you love the most. The road to recovery starts here!