If you suffer from long-term tendon, muscle, joint pain or have chronic back problems, you may visit an orthopedic doctor

An orthopedic doctor specializes in issues, diseases, and injuries pertaining to the musculoskeletal system. These doctors play a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. They handle everything from minor issues such as a sprained ankle to complex procedures and surgeries such as a hip replacement.

If you are experiencing any type of pain in your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, or back, you should consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon. Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Difficulty using that particular body part to perform daily functions (e.g., walking up the stairs or carrying grocery bags)
  • Pain in muscles, tendons, or joints that persists for more than a few days
  • Joint pain that becomes more intense during periods of rest
  • Swelling or bruising around the joint or the location of an injury
  • Limited range of motion, such as an inability to straighten the back
  • Joint deformity
  • Signs of infection including heat, inflammation, fever, and/or redness
  • Any unusual symptoms in the pain region

 

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