Unsure why your joint pain will not heal? Or perhaps that ankle injury from football keeps acting up. If you are looking to further understand these issues and find answers to your questions, then an orthopaedic consultation should be next on your checklist.
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Examples of common orthopaedic injuries.
Examples of common orthopaedic injuries.
Orthopaedic Consultation Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Individuals who have had long term muscle, tendon or joint pain.
Individuals with back, shoulder, knee or ankle pain causing them difficulties in performing daily tasks.
Individuals with joint deformities.
Individuals that may have signs of infections in any part of the musculoskeletal area.
Approximately an hour.
Orthopaedic Consultation Costs
Below, we've outlined starting prices for an orthopaedic consultation in different locations. Bear in mind though that these are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary based on a number of different factors.
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What Is Orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is a field of medical science concerned with studying the musculoskeletal system. It is composed of the spine, bones and muscles which are necessary for everyday movements.
What Happens During a Consultation?
The consultation procedure has a few main steps, such as:
Interview/Questionnaires: The interview will include understanding your symptoms, the timeline of the problem you have been experiencing and previous consultations and their recommendations. In addition, the doctor will also discuss your medical history, any existing conditions and put forth possible treatment options. You may also be asked to fill out some questionnaires that may be relevant for receiving a well rounded treatment plan.
Physical examination: This is done to check for bruising, inflammation or infections that may be causing or aggravating the problem. The doctor will check for your range of motion by asking you to perform some basic movements like walking in a straight line, lifting a weight or climbing stair. Your flexibility and any signs of illness will be tested by contracting and extending your limbs in different directions. There might be quite a bit of poking and prodding involved, but rest assured, these are all tests done by your doctor to test for all possible conditions and ensure you get a high quality consultation.
In certain cases you might asked to go in immediately for imaging tests or an arthroscopy (a keyhole surgery used to visualize damage within a joint).
What Can I Expect From an Orthopaedic Consultation?
There are a few points that are important to keep in mind during your appointment:
The consultation is not an appointment for a treatment or for surgery, it is only done for deciding a course of action, understanding a problem or for prescribing a diagnosis.
The consultation is a chance for you to ask any questions that you have had regarding your condition, and clarify any queries or doubts that you might have. Make sure to clearly express these to your doctor and closely note down his advice.
What Are the Follow-up Procedures That May Be Recommended for Me?
Depending on your case, the doctor may recommend further examinations such as:
MRI scans: Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI scans are an imaging technique that use magnetic fields to create an image of your body. Through such a scan your doctor can get more information about a particular problem or be able to more clearly locate the cause of your pain.
Physiotherapy/Osteopathy: Your physician might recommend going in for physiotherapy or a consultation with a physiotherapist if you have not done this already. Osteopathy may also be a recommended course of action, for those patients who do not want to immediately take medication or undergo surgery (unless it is urgent).
Your will be asked to come in for another appointment after the follow-up tests or treatments to discuss the next steps.