If you are suffering from a bone or joint problem, you might be tempted to tough it out until the pain subsides. While minor injuries generally heal themselves relatively quickly, certain conditions could be preventing you from ever making a full recovery on your own.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, it’s time to stop “sucking it up” and make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist.
Your soft tissue injury has not improved in 48 hours.
If you’ve recently suffered from a soft tissue injury, such as a twisted ankle or a pulled muscle, use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) to reduce the pain and swelling. With proper care, most minor sprains and strains should begin to feel better within two days. If yours does not, it is an indication that you may have a problem that requires medical attention.
You’ve experienced lingering pain for a long period of time.
Joint and bone pain doesn’t always come from the result of a traumatic event, such as a sports injury, fall, or car accident. Sometimes, gradual wear-and-tear on your body can be the reason for your discomfort. If you have experienced a nagging, lingering pain for the past several months – or worse, years – it is time to consult with a licensed medical professional.
Pain or stiffness is interfering with your daily life.
Are everyday activities causing you problems? If routine actions such as climbing the stairs, bending over, or even walking suddenly become troublesome, it is a sure-fire sign to see a doctor. Whether you are dealing with arthritis, an impingement, or something else, you don’t have to suffer. Help is available through a variety of treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, to help you cope with the pain.
Residents of Connecticut can depend on Orthopaedic Specialty Group to accurately diagnose and treat their bone and joint problems. Our staff of licensed medical professionals is fully trained to fix virtually any bone or joint in your body – from your neck down to your toes. We have three convenient locations throughout Fairfield County, so call us today to schedule an appointment at (203) 337-2600.