You Need to Know the Truth About Orthopedic Treatments
Myths and rumors abound over orthopedic treatments and medicines, just like in any medical practice. Some of these myths can be particularly harmful if someone delays receiving treatment for a serious medical condition, such as a herniated disc or pinched nerve. You should make sure that when you hear something about an orthopedic treatment to verify it with an orthopedist. Here are three myths about orthopedic treatment that you should be aware of:
Myth #1: “Arthritis is just part of the natural aging process. There’s not much you can do about it.”
While it is true that arthritis is more likely to set in as you age, that doesn’t mean you have to simply live with it. While there are conservative treatment options such as drug injections and physical therapy, joint replacements can often make you and your joints feel almost brand new. Don’t let arthritis in a knee or other joint prevent you from doing what’s important to you in life.
Myth #2: “If you take pain medication, you’ll probably become addicted to it.”
While it is true that some people have become addicted to their pain medication, this does not at all mean that you will too. Pain medications are often a necessary part of the recovery process after surgery or physical therapy, and they help keep pain at bay, so you can do the physical activities that you want to do while recovering. If you are worried about becoming addicted to pain medication, let your orthopedist know so he or she can take your concerns into account.
Myth #3: “I should wait until the pain becomes serious before I get orthopedic treatment.”
Even minor pain can be a sign of a serious issue beneath the surface. If you attempt to self-treat your pain it is possible that you may accidentally make the pain worse or injure yourself further. If, for example, your knees have minor chronic pain, you shouldn’t wait until you can barely walk to seek treatment. Many patients have said after the fact that getting a knee replacement was one of the best decisions they have ever made and wish they had done it sooner.
As you can see, these orthopedic myths can keep many people from getting the treatment they need for their chronic pain, and muscle or joint pain. Not that you know these orthopedic rumors are not true, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. They can give you more information about your pain no matter what the cause. While pain medication is prescribed, there are other options for treatment. Contact us 972-573-7802 for more information.