How to choose an orthopedist
Why do I need an orthopedist
It seems to us that just a few years ago there were not such a number of doctors, and general specialists did a good job with the work. Why do you need a special specialist who treats joints?
But in fact, the quality of our life depends on the proper functioning of healthy joints: take a pencil in hand, take a step, get out of bed in the morning - we can do it without difficulty, because our joints work well.
But this is not always the case - tissue of bones, cartilages, ligamentous apparatus is not eternal; they are experiencing daily stress from the very moment of our birth, and bad habits, exhausting exercise, overweight only exacerbate this situation. And we begin to crackle and "block" the knees, hip joints ache, whine lower back and "stiffen" the neck.
So, you need to consult an orthopedic surgeon. How to choose a good specialist?
Young people everywhere have a way
Orthopedics is a relatively young science, it does not have a colossal base accumulated over the centuries, such as surgery. The greatest achievements of orthopedics occurred in the second half of the twentieth century.Therefore, you should not be surprised or wary if the orthopedic surgeon is young - the younger generation has experienced the experience of previous generations and modern medical advances.
A competent orthopedic surgeon will not diagnose only on the basis of your complaints. For this, he will need certain clinical tests and instrumental examinations:
- blood test for rheumatoid factor - will allow the orthopedist to exclude inflammatory diseases of the ligaments;
- complete blood count - will show the presence / absence of inflammation;
- ultrasound - will show the state of soft tissues and ligaments that can be inflamed, torn, and calcified;
- X-ray of the spine or joints is one of the most necessary types of examination, which allows to assess the integrity and condition of the articular bones;
- Magnetic resonance imaging - the most informative type of examination for the orthopedic surgeon (and many other specialists).
During the examination, the orthopedist will definitely check your joints: the range of movements, stiffness of the joints, extraneous clicks and crunching, will appreciate the flexibility of the spine.
Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor well probes the soft tissues and joints, will conduct certain tests and tests that are characteristic of certain diseases.
A competent orthopedist will tell you in detail about your disease, tell you about the prognosis for recovery, recommend additional examinations, prescribe treatment and offer orthopedic products that will ease pain and improve quality of life. Moreover, a good doctor can recommend a pharmacy or a medical equipment store with humane prices and attentive consultants. He will also talk about the possibilities of conservative and surgical treatment.
And remember, the observation at the orthopedic surgeon should be regular, and you should not miss the attendance appointed by the doctor. Then problems with the musculoskeletal system will not bother you anymore.
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