When should you see an orthopedic surgeon?

An orthopedic surgeon is an expert with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.


You should see an orthopedic surgeon if you suffer from long-term tendon, muscle or joint pain in your ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, or back, especially if you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Pain in muscles, tendons, or joints that persists for more than a few days.
  • Swelling or bruising around the joint or the location of an injury.
  • Limited range of motion, such as an inability to straighten the back.
  • Joint Deformity
  • Signs of infection, including heat, inflammation, fever, and/or redness.