At our center, we place a focus on Orange County orthopedics and seek to provide our patients with the best possible care. We see patients for sports injuries, chronic pain conditions, overuse injuries, and more.
Why are orthopedics important?
The first step in recognizing why orthopedic care would be good for your situation is recognizing how significant this area of medicine is.
Your body is made up of many systems, including the musculoskeletal system, which is responsible for making movements. If you have an injury or a musculoskeletal injury, it can limit your ability to move. As orthopedic surgeons, our job is to treat, diagnose, and prevent any type of disease, injury, or condition that can affect this system in your body.
By fixing orthopedic ailments, we can help you move freely and comfortably again, and also help you to experience a better quality of life with your newfound comfort.
What is unique about an orthopedic doctor?
You might be wondering why you wouldn’t benefit just as much from seeing your regular family doctor as you would seeing a professional at our Orange County orthopedics office. Orthopedic surgeons have specialized knowledge that extends beyond standard medical school. They go on to complete a residency program that has a specific focus on orthopedic surgery and spend time gaining experience in operating rooms and emergency rooms. Typically, there is also extended subspecialty training that is also completed in a specific area of interest for each doctor, providing hands-on experience for orthopedic medicine.
An orthopedic doctor has extended knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and is trained above and beyond operative treatment. Orthopedic surgeons also provide total health care for athletes and possess advanced surgical skills due to the precision that is needed for many different orthopedic conditions and injuries.
If you do see your regular family doctor, he or she might refer you to our office for further care.
When should I see a doctor for orthopedic issues?
In general, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with our Orange County orthopedics office for any pain, discomfort, or injury that you are facing. This is because there are many orthopedic issues that present themselves as something small at first, but can grow to be much bigger problems without the proper treatment. Even slight discomfort that appears to come and go can be a sign of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed soon.
Some sports injuries that seem minor at first can be much more debilitating under the surface, and you can worsen the injury by continuing to avoid professional attention and treatment. If you twist your ankle by playing soccer, for example, continuing to attempt normal activities without medical supervision can place you at risk for further injury to your ankle. Oftentimes, the additional injury is harder to treat than the ailment you started with originally.
While you are waiting for your appointment, you should rest the affected area as much as possible. In most cases, you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers to minimize pain. Try icing the area on and off to relieve any swelling. Our office may be able to provide you with suggestions for things you can try while you are waiting for your appointment with us. Avoid physical activity as much as possible to avoid further injury or strain to the area.