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How Does an Orthopedic Specialist Help?

When pain occurs in the body, it can be problematic and distressing. When this pain stops one from getting on with their daily life and living to their full potential, it is best to see a professional in the field.

Amongst the most common bodily pains are issues around the bones and joints. This is where the role of an orthopedic surgeon is so important. They are specialized doctors who look at pain in joints and bones, especially around the fingers, hips, and knees. They help to identify where the pain stems from, what might be causing it, and what kinds of treatments can alleviate the discomfort.

When booking a consultation with an orthopedic specialist in Appleton or Green Bay, or being referred to one by another doctor, there are many things to expect. First, they will take a thorough look at the individual history and see if there might be any prior injuries causing the pain or if there are genetic concerns to take into account.

This is typically done as an interview and a chat, getting to know the background of a patient. In some cases, it might be necessary to carry out diagnostic tests such as a blood test or an X-ray. There is also an element of physical evaluation where the doctor will touch the affected area and try to do readjustments where possible.

Some of the areas that they might look at closely include the:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Wrists
  • Elbows

Some of the most common causes of orthopedic pain include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Postural problems
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Ligament tears
  • Soft tissue issues

There are many ways that these specialists can remedy the pain that an individual is suffering from. Of course, this depends largely on the patient, their circumstances, and what kind of treatment matches them. Some options may include:

  • Surgery to treat the issue and prevent any further damage from taking place
  • Physical therapy which can help the rehabilitation process and strengthen muscles and bones to prevent such problems occurring in the future
  • Exercises and stretches to aid and support certain parts of the body
  • Medication to aid recovery and alleviate pain in some cases
  • Massage and acupuncture to encourage healing in the body and diminish high pain levels

Always remember, that when in doubt, it is best to see a professional. If pain persists and nothing is working at home, get in touch with someone who knows bones and joints better than anyone else. These are precious parts of the body and deserve to be treated with the utmost care and respect.

If you would like to request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

The Appleton location also has a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.