4 Reasons to Visit a Knee Specialist

Your knee is one of the most active joints in your body. You use it in nearly every movement in your day to day life, which makes it a joint that is particularly vulnerable to damage. Signs of damage can often be subtle, but they only get worse over time and can plague you in old age.

Athletes and people working in jobs that require lifting are especially prone to having problems in their knees later in life. A knee specialist can identify these problems before they start, or remedy them as they are progressing in order to ensure the damage does not progress to a worse point in the future. The following are some specific reasons to visit a knee specialist.

  1. Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is often mistaken for pain that is constant and unceasing, but that is only one of the classifications of a chronic condition. A condition can be chronic if the pain recurs in the same place over and over again. Experiencing chronic pain in the knees is a sure sign that something is wrong.

4 Reasons to Visit a Knee Specialist

Many conditions, such as ligament tears, often go painless, even when they are just starting. In reality, they will start to hurt at random moments throughout the day.

  1. Swelling

This condition is most noticeable when affecting one knee and not the other. If your knees have started to look uneven and you have discomfort in the larger knee, then there may be swelling. Swelling is the body’s reaction to the healing process in order to call your attention to the area and protect it from further damage.

  1. Popping

All joints tend to pop. This is because of the fluid filled sac inside your joints fill up throughout the day. When you pop a joint, the sound is the fluid flushing out, and it is a completely normal occurrence in your body.

A condition that requires further study involves popping that is constant. While joint popping tends to be loud and requires moments of recovery before occurring again, popping that is constant with no recovery period may be a sign of a joint condition.

  1. Soreness

This is similar to chronic pain, but it is more general. While chronic pain may be a sharp sting from one particular area, you may be unable to point out exactly where the pain is coming from. General soreness does not have to be painful either, but rather a feeling of general discomfort that tends to get worse with movement.

The above four conditions are just a few that should be looked at by a knee specialist. While they appear very general, most of the time they are signs of specific conditions that can get worse as time goes on, especially without rest and the proper physical therapy. In order to ensure that you have use of your joints for years to come, you should consult a knee specialist for more information about a problem that has become persistent for you.

3 Common Reasons to Go to an Orthopedic Clinic

A lot of people think they should go to see the orthopedist only for advanced conditions in the bones and muscles, such as fractures or arthritis. However, there are plenty of reasons to see this type of specialist. If you are suffering from the following conditions, you should consider visiting an orthopedic clinic to get a more thorough diagnosis based on the symptoms you are feeling.

  1. Wrist and Elbow Pain

This is a common condition among office workers everywhere and is characterized by a dull pain that often comes up at random times throughout the day. This pain is especially common while seated and typing at a desk. Many people will ignore this pain, but it can actually turn into a serious condition over time. While the root causes of these conditions may be hard to identify initially, an orthopedist will be able to dive deeper for more information.

3 Common Reasons to Go to an Orthopedic Clinic

The most common illness that results from wrist pain or elbow pain is known as carpal tunnel, which affects the entire hand. This condition requires surgery and will get worse over time, and it can even cause you to lose all movement in your hands. You want to take preventative measures (which your orthopedist can tell you about) to assure this condition doesn’t progress

  1. Pain from Sports

Most people should expect to feel sore after playing sports because they require hours of physical activity and repetitive movements. However, there are many conditions that can go untreated for years that are linked to this initial soreness. This is the reason that so many people who were athletes when they were younger suffer from joint conditions when they are older.

The way to distinguish common muscle soreness from the early signs of a harmful condition is by looking at how long the pain lasts and any other associated problems that might occur. The most common symptoms associated with pain are popping or swelling. These symptoms will require further analysis at an orthopedic clinic.

  1. Stiffness

People notice pain more than anything because it is your body telling you that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Despite this, there are other problems that may not cause noticeable pain, especially in the joints.  When you start to notice your movement has become stiffer and it is harder to articulate your joints, then there might be a deeper problem.

You will be able to distinguish this stiffness when it is harder to carry out normal tasks that require your joints, such as walking, bending, or writing. When you are presented with these problems you will have to see an orthopedist to identify the cause. A common culprit is arthritis, but it could be a number of conditions.

The orthopedist is there to find the potential for damage in the future as well as alleviate any pain or discomfort in the present. If you are experiencing any of the above warning signs, or you feel chronic discomfort in your joints and bones, you should consider going to an orthopedic clinic to find out more about what might be causing the problem.