Getting a quality diagnosis
The medical management of arthritis and joint degeneration may be handled by a family doctor, an internist, or a rheumatologist. However, when medical management is not effective, an orthopaedic surgeon should be consulted to determine if surgery is an option. In some cases, the orthopedic surgeon may be the first physician to see a patient and make the diagnosis of arthritis. While every orthopaedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopaedic surgeon may consider in evaluating a patient's condition. In general, the orthopaedic evaluation usually consists of a thorough medical history, a physical examination, X-rays, and additional tests as needed. A medical history is taken to assist the orthopaedic surgeon in evaluating your overall health and the possible causes of your joint pain.
If you are experiencing joint pain, the first step should be contacting your orthopedist to schedule an appointment for a proper diagnosis by calling either our Dover office at (330) 602-3200, or our Canton office at (330) 492-9200. We want to see you 'back on track' as quickly as possible!