“Should I get this checked out?” That’s the question most of us ask ourselves when we’ve suffered an injury or have been experiencing some ongoing discomfort. It’s hard to know what you can let heal on its own and what needs the attention of a specialist. Consider, though, that waiting on treatment can create deeper issues and complications. To help, our orthopedics are sharing the tell-tale signs that it’s time for them to take a look.
Pain, Swelling, Discoloration, Loss of Motion Lasting More Than 48 Hours
Things don’t feel or look normal, and they don’t seem to be getting better.
Your joint or extremity is looking deformed, for instance a finger that is now crooked.
You have lost range of motion in a joint, such as your elbow, shoulder or knee.
Any Bone or Joint Injury with Broken Skin
An open wound or break in the skin is visible in the area of the injured bone.
Over-the-counter Pain Medication Not Providing Relief
You’ve tried Tylenol or ibuprofen, but your pain has not been reduced to a tolerable level.
Unable to Bear Weight
Standing or walking is painful, or nearly impossible
Any of the symptoms above could be a sign of a serious orthopedic issue that could get worse if not treated. If you think you, or someone you know, is in need of a consultation, reach out for an appointment with one of our highly trained specialists today.