Many individuals will come to a point in their lives when they will have to undergo surgery to help repair musculoskeletal issues that can result from things such as degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and more. The musculoskeletal system includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. The branch of medicine that primarily focuses on these body parts is called orthopedics. An orthopedic specialist can treat something as small as a sprained ankle all the way to something more serious such as a hip transplant.

So when should you seek the help of an orthopedic specialist? Here are a list of common signs:

After physical therapy there is no improvement in pain

Having trouble standing or walking

Swelling, deformity or bruising around joints or injuries

Joint pain that causes trouble sleeping

Trouble moving around or reaching

If it ever comes to the point where you need orthopedic surgery, don’t forget about the importance of post-surgical care. Checking on your wounds can be easily done at home. Keep your wound clean and dry and keep up with your follow up appointments. Make sure there is no unexplained redness, swelling, or discharge at the incision area. These may be signs of infection.

Here at Amsterdam Cares, our therapists and physicians make sure you can get the greatest benefit from your surgery by providing treatment plans based on your individual needs. This can help improve mobility, balance, strength and make everyday living much easier. Don’t hesitate to contact our facility for more information about the program.

Amsterdam Cares is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Amsterdam Cares, contact us by phone 24/7 at 716.883.6782, or visit us at 1014 Delaware Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 14209.

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