Three Things Your Orthopedist Wants You to Know
1. Don’t be embarrassed.
Just tell us how you got hurt. A frank description of that cringe-worthy accident helps us understand your injury.
2. When in doubt, call.
A minor sprain probably needs ice, rest and anti-inflammatories – not an office visit. Call for an appointment, though, if you heard a pop, feel weakness or numbness, can’t bear weight, or have pain that hinders sleep or has lasted more than three weeks.
3. Quit smoking - today.
Smokers take twice as long to heal from fractures and injuries, and have a higher risk of rotator-cuff tears and herniated lumbar discs.