Do I Need an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Each year, more than 640,000 orthopedic procedures are performed in the US. And while orthopedic surgery can seem daunting, these and other procedures can go a long way toward minimizing pain and increasing mobility and life quality when you’re dealing with issues such as joint or muscle pain. Surgeries aren’t the only reason to see an orthopedic surgeon, however.

Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, has extensive experience treating a broad range of orthopedic problems, including broken bones, joint pain, and sports injuries. Read on to find out if it may be time to make a visit to our office.

Orthopedic basics

The field of orthopedics focuses on disorders, diseases, and injuries that impact your musculoskeletal system. This network of bones, joints, and soft tissues, including muscles and ligaments, allow you to move and function normally on a daily basis. Some of the most common conditions requiring orthopedic care include arthritis and injuries, particularly in the knee and hip regions.

Our orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat quite a variety of of musculoskeletal conditions, such as:

When to see an orthopedic surgeon

When you notice symptoms of a musculoskeletal condition or injury, consulting an orthopedic specialist can be helpful, especially if your symptoms are severe or long lasting.

You should definitely seek care if you notice:

When you’re experiencing one or more of these issues, our experts at Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine conduct a comprehensive exam, which may include X-rays or other scans to determine your best course of treatment. 

Depending on the specifics of your condition and your overall health, your customized treatment plan may include joint injections, PRP therapy, splinting, minimally-invasive surgery, such as knee arthroscopy, or for more severe conditions, total joint replacement surgery. For chronic and progressive conditions, the sooner you get the care you need, the less likely you’ll require more invasive treatments.

To learn more about orthopedic surgery or get on the path to feeling better soon, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment on our website. 

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