Suffering from back pain and osteoarthritis has sadly become an everyday occurrence for a large portion of the UK population. According to the NHS, osteoarthritis affects more than 8.75 million people in the UK alone and has become the leading type of arthritis. You may know that orthopedic doctors diagnose and treat anything to do with the musculoskeletal system, including back pain and arthritis, but how much do you really know about what they treat and diagnose on a daily basis?

Read our blog to learn what orthopedic doctors do and discover the warning signs that suggest that you may need to visit an orthopedic doctor yourself. Knowing that musculoskeletal conditions lead to 30% of GP consultations, seeing an orthopedic doctor could make all the difference in terms of treatment and prevention. Book an appointment with an orthopedic doctor today and shop Back Care Online orthopaedic mattress and orthopaedic pillows for back pain. Your body will thank you!

What Does an Orthopedic Doctor Do?

As stated above, an orthopedic doctor specialises in the musculoskeletal system. He or she knows everything there is to know about bones, tendons, muscles, joints and ligaments, and can precisely identify which area of the body is causing you pain. An orthopedic doctor is also trained to diagnose and treat the following ailments:

  • Sprained ankle(s)
  • Chronic joint pain
  • Chronic back pain 
  • Sport Injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain 
  • Muscle strains
  • Broken bones and tumours
  • Joint or muscle infections
  • Congenital and degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and osteoarthritis

When Should You See an Orthopedic Doctor?

Not sure when to see an orthopedic doctor? Below are a few warning signs that suggest you may need to pay one a visit at your earliest convenience.

  • You’ve noticed swelling or bruising around your joints.
  • You’ve experienced pain in your tendons, joints or muscles for longer than two days.
  • You’re experiencing intense joint pain.
  • You’ve noticed redness or inflammation around your muscles or joints, which hints at an infection.
  • You have a limited range of motion in your back, arms or shoulders. For example, you can’t lift your arms beyond a certain point without feeling a sharp pain. 
  • You can’t perform routine tasks, such as walking up stairs or lifting heavy objects.

What Can I Do to Ease Orthopedic Pain?

There are ways to care for yourself while you wait to be seen by an orthopedic doctor or surgeon. At Back Care Online, we specialise in providing top-notch products to help reduce orthopedic pain. Our orthopedic pillows are specially designed to reduce neck and back pain while supporting your lower cervical spine, so you can enjoy a better night’s sleep. Need an orthopedic mattress? We have those too! Our orthopaedic mattresses evenly distribute your body’s weight and support your back and shoulders to make you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Our orthopedic products are supplied to the NHS and are proudly made in the UK, making them worthy of your trust. Shop our range of products and place an order today!