Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016
If you’ve got a squeaky bend, a painful throw, or a sore step and have been putting off a checkup, now is the perfect time to help get your joints in great shape for the New Year. Prolonged wear and tear of the joints can lead to minor or severe musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, bone and joint disorders are some of the leading causes of disability in America.
Talking About Joint Pain
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 30 percent of the nation’s population is being treated for some type of musculoskeletal issue like back, knee and hip pain.
Patients should talk to their healthcare provider if they experience pain in their bones or joints, because many of these issues can be treated without surgery through exercise, muscle relaxants, physical therapy or joint injections.
Harbin Clinic Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jason Rogers asks his patients three key questions about their joint pain.
- Do they have joint pain every day?
- Does the pain cause them to alter their daily activities?
- Does the pain wake them from sleeping and/or prevent them from sleeping?
“If the patient answers yes to two of these questions, they should consider having something done to treat the pain,” Dr. Rogers says. “Our job is to diagnose and treat a multitude of problems. Surgery is usually the last resort. I want to make sure people know they don’t have to live with joint pain. There are treatments to decrease symptoms, so that surgery can be postponed as long as possible.”
Harbin Clinic physicians work with their patients to help alleviate and treat their joint pain. For more information on treating joint pain, contact Harbin Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Rome at 762-235-2700.