Living in a community where there are so many outdoor activities to participate in, it can be frustrating to observe rather than participate because of an injury or some form of pain. Some of the musculoskeletal issues that may slow us down from doing what we love can include sprains, muscle aches, and/or arthritis. Dr. Larson, an orthopaedic surgeon at Alpine Orthopaedics, has been successfully treating these kinds of musculoskeletal conditions for over 20 years. From knee replacement surgeries to sports medicine injuries, he has seen it all.
If you are dealing with pain and are not sure whether or not an orthopaedic specialist can help you, ask yourself these simple questions:
Is the injury or condition affecting my musculoskeletal system?
The musculoskeletal system is made up of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that create the foundation for the rest of your body. Often, people with musculoskeletal pain feel it over their entire body, but it tends to permeate from joints such as the knees, hips, shoulders, and feet. The pain from these injuries of conditions will often worsen as they continue to be left untreated.
Does the injury or condition affect my ability to perform everyday activities?
Everyday activities such as getting out of bed, putting on clothes, or even going to the bathroom can be impeded by an orthopaedic condition or injury. Sometimes the pain is temporary due to overuse or strain, but if it is persistent and constant, it might be time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Larson.
Can I walk with stability?
Joints are meant to move. If an injury is bad enough, it could make the muscles and joints too weak to stand. If you feel shaky and wobbly when performing basic large motor functions, this could be a sign that something is wrong with your joints that need further attention and treatment.
Have I had any soft-tissue injuries in the last 24 hours?
Soft-tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are commonly a result of sudden trauma (falls, twist, or blows) or overuse injuries. Often applying the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method can help the injury heal effectively. If, however, after a period of 48-56 hours, the pain and swelling have not improved, call Dr. Larson and ask for the earliest appointment available.
If your answers to these questions point to a musculoskeletal injury, give our office a call at 435-774-8512 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Larson. Don’t miss out on the things you love. Dr. Larson can help.