At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we’re committed to continually advancing in the level of care and comfort we offer our patients. For this reason, we are pleased to expand beyond podiatric care and provide orthopedic services so you and your loved ones can stay healthy and on the move.
No matter if you’ve sustained a sports-related injury, have developed an arthritic condition, or are in need of joint replacement – we are ready to help you overcome the problem and get back to your life.
Our team has been able to treat many patients by using advanced tools and techniques, and we would love the opportunity to do the same for you!
What Does an Orthopedist Do?
Simply put, orthopedic doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries – those which relate to the bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, other connective tissues, and joints found throughout your body.
As is the case with any body system—all of which are undeniably important—there are problems that can arise in this particular system. Issues resolved with orthopedic care are often caused by some kind of physical trauma. Though problems which develop in response to structural abnormality (and even overuse) can also be treated with orthopedic care.
If you have pain, difficulty, or other issues with joints or the aforementioned tissues, you may benefit from seeing an orthopedic specialist – like our own Dr. Scott Fujii.
How Do I Know When to See an Orthopedic Specialist?
Some of the signs that it’s time to contact our office and request an appointment for orthopedic care include:
- You have difficulty performing normal, everyday activities.If you are having pain or difficulty while exercising or doing things outside the realm of daily activities, you should absolutely seek treatment. But this also holds true if you have difficulty walking up steps or severe wrist pain.
- Your pain is chronic.If you have discomfort or slight pain that only lasts a couple of days, you might not need orthopedic care. In the event your pain is chronic—which means it is lasting longer than 12 weeks—you should contact our office for professional diagnosis and treatment.
- You have a limited range of motion in any of your joints.This can be an indicator of an arthritic condition, but there are other possible explanations as well – so the best move you can make is to seek professional diagnosis and treatment to prevent the problem from worsening.
- You lack stability when standing or walking.When you’re up or in the process of standing up, you shouldn’t feel wobbly or shaky. If this is something you experience, it’s a strong sign there is some kind of joint problem.
- The soft tissue injury you sustained is not improving.Soft tissue injuries—those involving connective tissues or muscles—typically show marked improvement within 48 hours when RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is used. If you are not seeing this following your ankle sprain or wrist injury, contact our office and request the earliest possible appointment.
Find Expert Orthopedic Care at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
When you come to McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, you can expect service that is both professional and compassionate. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and goals, and then create a customized treatment plan for you.
Of course, this only starts when you reach out to us!
So connect with us today by calling our office at 916-961-3434 or take advantage of our online form to have one of our staff members reach out to you.