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Your body has more than 300 bones and joints and if just one of them isn’t functioning correctly, you could experience excruciating pain and discomfort. Louisiana orthopedic surgeons specialize in the health of these bones and joints, and can help diagnose and treat your ailments.

There are more than 28 million Americans who develop some sort of musculoskeletal problem each year, including knee, shoulder, and back pain, sprains, strains, and overuse injuries. And that’s not even the entire list. Many people incorrectly think that medication is the only solution for their issues. But many people have not considered seeing a Louisiana orthopedic surgeon for treatment.

What does an orthopedic surgeon do?

To put it simply, these doctors specialize in issues, diseases, and injuries that pertain to the musculoskeletal system. They play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment, preventions, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. In short, they see it all on a daily basis.

Whatever issue patients may experience, there’s an orthopedic out there with the answer. They work both in hospitals and special practices and treat issues ranging from infections, sport injuries, arthritis, osteoporosis, and bone tumors to name a few.

Here are eight signs that may signal a need to visit a Louisiana orthopedic surgeon:

1. Difficulty using a specific body part to perform daily functions;
2.Pain in muscles, joints, or tendons that lasts longer than a few days;
3.Pain in the joints that becomes more intense during periods of rest or at night;
4.Any deformity of the joints;
5.Signs of infection including heat, inflammation, fever, or redness;
6.Swelling or bruising around the joint or injury;
7.Limited range of motion, such as being unable to straighten your back or stiffness when standing;
8.Unusual symptoms in the region of the pain.

Orthopedic doctors typically use surgery as a last resort for their patient’s musculoskeletal issues. They do everything they can to use less invasive treatments such as medication and physical therapy to ensure that patients are getting the proper treatment they need. When/if these treatments no longer provide the needed relief for pain and other symptoms, they may recommend surgery.

Some common surgeries that Louisiana orthopedic surgeons perform include back surgery, and ankle, knee, shoulder, and hip replacements. They also perform a variety of arthroscopic procedures, which means they are able to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside of a joint.

Time is of the essence – the earlier patients are able to get advice about an issue, the better and sooner treatment can begin. And early treatment prevents an issue from becoming even more severe because of unnecessary irritation to the surrounding area.

During an initial consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, he or she will figure out the problem, determine the cause, and then proceed to explain your treatment options. You may get some advice about pain management, including medication and/or injections, rehabilitation and physical therapy. They will also discuss the potential timeframe and ongoing orthopedic care.

Whatever problem you may be experiencing with pain or your body’s ability to move, you can be sure that your Louisiana orthopedic surgeon can help resolve the issue, and allow you to live a more enriched active life. Call us today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you pain free!

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