Things Your Orthopedic Physician Wants You to Know
Whether you have sustained a sports-related injury or you suffer with chronic back pain, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists can help relieve your pain. If you have been injured, we will also assist you as you move through the recovery process. Our goal is to help you return to your normal activities as quickly as possible. If you have been injured, contact one of our offices today to schedule your initial consultation.
6 Things your orthopedic physician wants you to know
1. How did you become injured?
Some people are embarrassed about how they sustained their injuries. Whether you tripped rushing to answer the phone, you fell off of a curb while taking a selfie or you slid into home base, there is no need to be embarrassed with us. To ensure you receive the highest quality of care possible, we need to know the specifics.
2. Bring a short list of questions with you to your initial consultation.
We are always happy to answer your questions. However, please refrain from creating an extensive list of questions. Instead, just write down a couple extremely important questions. After your initial consultation, please explore our website. If you still have questions, send us an email with those questions and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner.
3. Many times, your symptoms are more important than your diagnostic imaging results.
While X-rays and MRIs are very helpful, the description of your symptoms provides your orthopedic physician with approximately 90 percent of the information he or she needs to diagnose and treat you.
4. When you visit Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, please wear clothing that allows us to examine your injury.
Your orthopedic physician will want to examine your injury. For this reason, you need to wear clothing that makes your injured area easier to access. If you injured your shoulder, wear a tank top. If it is your knee that is injured, choose a pair of loose pants, a pair of shorts or a skirt.
5. Every injury is unique.
If you know someone who received treatment for the same injury that you sustained, do not assume that your treatment plan or outcome will be identical. We know that every patient is different, which is why we create each of our patients an individualized treatment plan.
6. Stop smoking tobacco.
Smoking constricts blood vessels. These constricted blood vessels interrupt the body’s blood flow. The inability for blood to freely flow throughout the body can lead to delayed wound healing. In fact, the chance of a smoker experiencing an infection and/or a wound healing problem following surgery is more than double that of a non-smoker.
Additionally, when compared to non-smokers, individuals who smoke are more likely to tear their rotator cuffs and herniate discs in their lower backs. Furthermore, individuals who smoke usually have decreased bone mineral density (osteoporosis), which increases the likelihood of a fracture. Smokers also tend to suffer more broken bones in their spines, hips and wrists than non-smokers do.