Knowing When to Contact an Orthopedic Surgeon: Pain
June 27, 2017
You've already learned about when it’s important to contact an orthopedic doctor and discuss your medical history and back pain, as well as when it’s required you immediately visit your doctor, but it can be difficult to actually determine your own pain severity.
Everyone has a different tolerance for pain, so it’s important that you are aware of a few key indicators of more concerning pain that would require you to contact a medical professional, schedule an appointment, or stop what you’re doing and visit an orthopedic doctor right away.
Here are a few key indicators you should keep an eye out for when considering pain management.
You are having a little trouble doing everyday tasks
Struggling to accomplish daily tasks that used to come easy to you could be an indicator of minor back pain. Getting out of bed in the morning, for instance, is relatively simple, but for those with back pain it could be a much more trying task. Be aware of how you’re handling small, daily activities this or tying your shoes or getting in and out of your car. If any of these tasks are taking longer than they should or causing you to wince at all, you should probably contact a medical professional.
You are finding it difficult to stand and walk
This is potentially a telltale sign of serious chronic back pain and should be addressed as soon as possible. If walking or standing begins to give you problems including back spasms or pain, you may develop a serious pain condition and should have it examined right away.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the need for orthopedic surgeons is going to lessen anymore over the next few years, so back pain treatment options could be scarce. According to current data, the U.S. will need roughly 52,000 more primary care physicians by 2025 to meet all its healthcare needs, so be sure to get the back pain help you require now before it's too late and speak with a trusted doctor.
Stay on top of your back pain and take care of yourself. If you want to learn more about various back pain treatment options or speak to a quality orthopedic doctor, contact Wood County Hospital today!