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If you are suffering from joint pain, consider a visit to an orthopedic specialist. The specialist will be able to identify, treat, and prevent the issue from persisting. Failing to visit an orthopedic specialist when issues begins can allow the symptoms to increase in severity and eventually result in irreversible damage that could have been prevented. Given these repercussions, if you are experiencing significant joint pain continue onto the article below. This article provides a helpful outline on what an orthopedic specialist will check during the initial assessment.


One of the first things that the doctor will be checking for during the appointment is the joint’s flexibility. This will be done with a physical examination of the damaged region. During this examination, the doctor will attempt to move the muscle and carefully monitor its reach. Based on its range of movement a more intensive examination may be needed. This is completed with the help of imaging technology that scans the area to determine the exact cause of the issue. Ultimately, these tests are needed to help determine the cause and begin a treatment plan that is specific to the discomfort you are expiring.

Infection and Displacement

During the appointment, the doctor will also check for any signs of an infection or displacement. This is checked during the appointment as it may be the reason why you have joint pain. If an infection is determined to be the cause of the problem then the doctor will be able to prescribe the necessary medication to combat it. Unlike other types of over the counter medications, the prescription that they give to you is guaranteed to be more effective and quicker to work. Further, if a dislocation is spotted, the doctor will be able to schedule and advise you about a treatment for it.


Another factor that the doctor will check for during the assessment is swelling. Swelling is often caused by a buildup of fluid and inflammation in the body. When this occurs, it can impact the joints by placing pressure on them and preventing them from functioning as normal. Although there are a number of diseases that can explain why the swelling is occurring to you, it is best to seek the assistance of a professional. A professional will be able to determine the exact cause of the fluid by administering a range of tests and scans. These are completed to help detect the presence of illness or disease. Based on these findings, the doctor will then be able to develop a regime that is specific to your circumstance.

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Request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries. OSI has outreach clinics in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.