Orthopaedic Patient’s Process: From Diagnosis to Treatment

Orthopaedic specialists are those who specialise in the musculoskeletal system. They usually focus on the diagnosis, treatment and therapy of conditions affecting bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in patients from all ages; from new born babies to the elderly. Orthopaedic conditions are one of the common reasons why people seek medical attention, some more than once.

As most orthopaedic conditions are treatable, the first step is to find an orthopaedic specialist who can assist in diagnosing the cause of the specific problem and leading treatment in the right direction. It is important to acknowledge the severity of the condition, before moving on to treating it. An orthopaedist will need to go through one's past medical records and history, which is followed by various tests such as flexibility, stress, muscle as well as screenings, X-rays, and ultrasound to determine the problem. Not every patient who visits the orthopaedist is required immediate medical attention; some may have a slight strain in their muscle, which is less severe to a muscle or tendon tear.

The next step is to decide on a form of treatment. In some severe cases, when surgery is required, the patient will be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. More often than not, it can be managed by a series of exercises to strengthen the body. Many musculoskeletal conditions can be improved with proper rehabilitation, so it is important to have proper rest by not putting pressure on the particular area. Patients should also educate themselves about the condition and ways to improve it. For example, avoiding smoking will speed up the bone healing process.

Orthopaedic conditions are always best managed by staying fit and healthy. If ever one is in doubt, always feel encouraged to ask questions of their respective orthopaedists.

The Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery department at Regency Specialist Hospital provides a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical orthopaedic services, including joint replacement, sports injuries and other musculoskeletal system disorders.

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