Musculoskeletal problems affect millions of Americans every year, from sprains to strains, injuries from overuse, sports accidents, or just knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist or back pain. Many cases of mild pain can be handled at home with compresses, rest, or over the counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications, but when is it time to see an Orthopaedic specialist?

Orthopaedic doctors specialize in disease, injuries or other issues with the musculoskeletal system. In short, doctors in this specialty can treat a wide range of conditions related to the neck, back, hip, hand, wrist, foot, ankle, shoulder, and elbow. Most specialists will want surgery to be a last resort, so many conditions can be treated with a range of less invasive, non-surgical options such as medications, injections, or physical therapy.

A good rule to consider is how much the discomfort is affecting your daily life and how many changes you’re making in your routine because of that pain. If you’re still not sure if you’re condition needs more than the standard home care, check with your doctor or a specialist if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Pain that lasts longer than 48 hours
  • Difficulty performing everyday activities
  • Pain accompanied by significant swelling, redness or tenderness
  • Any visible signs or physical deformity
  • Inability to bear weight or proper range of motion
  • Injuries accompanied by a popping noise or those that have not improved in 48 hours

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms associated with bone or joint pain, it may be the perfect time to make an appointment with an orthopaedic specialist. Our doctors at Cary Ortho are some of the best in the triangle and can help uncover the best treatment for your orthopaedic pain, injury or disease. Early treatment can help prevent small issues from becoming more extensive problems down the road, so don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists about an appointment today!