If you're having problems with your knees, it might be time to move beyond your primary care physician. Knee problems can interfere with your entire life, preventing you from participating in normal daily activities. Luckily, treatment is available to alleviate the distress associated with most knee problems. If you haven't found relief from the knee problems you're experiencing, it's time to visit an orthopedic physician. If you're not sure you need an orthopedic physician, read the information provided below. You'll find four crucial reasons to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic physician.
You Have Diminished Range of Motion
If your knee problems interfere with the way you move, it's time to visit an orthopedic physician. Some knee problems cause pain and discomfort. But more serious knee problems can interfere with your range of motion — your knee's ability to move. If your knees no longer have the range of motion they once had, it's time for specialized medical care. If you're not sure that you're experiencing a diminished range of motion, bend your knee. If you can no longer bend your knee into a squat position, your range of motion is affected.
Your Pain Medication No Longer Works
If you've been taking over-the-counter pain medication for your knees and it's no longer working, it's time to talk to your doctor about prescription medication. If you're already taking prescription pain medication and it's no longer working, it's time to visit an orthopedic physician. The severity of your knee problems might have progressed to a stage where additional medical intervention is necessary.
You Can No Longer Walk Without Assistance
If your knee problems now interfere with your ability to walk, seek help from an orthopedic physician. This is especially important if you can no longer walk without assistance — either from a person or an ambulatory device, such as a cane. An inability to walk without assistance is a sure sign that your knee problems have progressed to a point where specialized care is now necessary.
Your Primary Care Doctor Has Recommended It
If your knee's problems are no longer responding to ordinary treatment and your doctor has referred you to an orthopedic physician, make the appointment. This is especially important if your primary care physician has been unable to diagnose your actual knee disorder. Your primary care physician can work with an orthopedic physician to design a treatment plan for your specific knee problems.
Don't take chances with your knees. If you're experiencing any of the issues described above, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic physician immediately.