When should you see an orthopedic doctor?
If you’re experiencing pain in your muscles, joints, or bones or you have problems with your joints, you may wonder whether to see a doctor. If you have any of the following symptoms, we recommend you make an appointment with your physician to be evaluated.
- You have pain, stiffness, or discomfort that are making it difficult to perform everyday activities
- You are experiencing chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 12 weeks)
- You’re noticing decreases in your range of motion
- You feel unstable while walking or standing
- You have had a soft tissue injury, and it’s not improving after 48 hours
Which type of doctor should you see?
Once you’ve decided that you need to see a doctor, you may wonder which type of specialist will best be able to diagnose and treat you.
There are a number of medical specialties that treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis, chronic pain, and injury. Orthopedic doctors and surgeons, rheumatologists, neurologists, rehabilitation medicine doctors, and physical therapists all treat some conditions that relate to the muscles, bones, and joints. At Beaumont, we’ll help you find the right doctor for your condition, and if you need to see specialists in more than one department, we will help coordinate your care.
Consider some basic guidelines on when to see different types of doctors.