Common Orthopedic Problems for Which You Should See a Doctor

Although the musculoskeletal system is designed to provide support, stability, and movement to the body, any form of exertion or injury to the system can lead to orthopedic problems. Orthopedic problems are common among people from all walks of life, but can be especially debilitating among elderly people whose musculoskeletal system has weakened with age. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line treat a variety of orthopedic injuries. Although there are many types of orthopedic problems, in the post we list three common orthopedic problems that could require your attention.

1. Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is an orthopedic condition in which forearm muscles and tendons in the elbow are damaged from repetitive motion of the forearm. The condition can lead to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow and is a common problem found in tennis players, carpenters, and laborers who swing their tools with the forearm. The condition can be treated with physical therapy, rest, over the counter medication or injections, in extreme cases, it may require surgery.

2. Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprain can occur due to ligament tear in the ankle. Though an ankle sprain is often considered a minor injury, repeated sprains can lead to long-term joint pain and weakness. The symptom of an ankle sprain include swelling and pain in the affected area. When facing an ankle sprain problem, people often start with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) approach along with pain relievers to treat the problem, but it is advisable to consult an orthopedic doctor for specific treatment and rehabilitation exercises.

3. Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a fatigue-induced fracture that is usually caused by overuse of a bone. It is an outcome of accumulated stress overtime due to repeated running and jumping. It is a common orthopedic problem among runners and athletes. It is also likely to occur in patients facing osteoporosis. The most common symptom of a stress fracture is pain which gets worse during weight bearing activity. The treatment for stress fractures depends on the location of the fracture and its severity. Nonetheless, most stress fractures are treated non-surgically.

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Wrap Up

In today’s fast paced life, many people depend on over the counter pain relievers to reduce pain from orthopedic injuries. While medicines may suppress the pain temporarily, some conditions may get worse if not treated properly. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain caused by an orthopedic injury, it is advisable to consult a doctor to determine appropriate treatment options. If you are looking for an orthopedic doctor or surgeon in Plano TX, look no further than the Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center. The referral center can connect you with Orthopedic Surgeon members in Plano TX to help you get treatment for orthopedic injuries. To learn more, simply call +1 888-608-4762.

Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.


Roger Emerson

Orthopedic SurgeonTexas Center for Joint ReplacementHip and Knee Replacement
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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Stephen Tolhurst

Orthopedic Spine SurgeonTexas Back InstituteSpine Surgery
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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Kevin Kruse

Orthopaedic SurgeonTexas Orthopaedic AssociatesHand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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Jeffrey Lue

Orthopedic SurgeonLegacy Orthopedics & Sports MedicineSports Medicine
Work Phone: 888-608-4762
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