At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we’re committed to continually advancing in the level of care and comfort we offer our patients. For this reason, we are pleased to expand beyond podiatric care and provide orthopedic services so you and your loved ones can stay healthy and on the move.
No matter if you’ve sustained a sports-related injury, have developed an arthritic condition, or are in need of joint replacement – we are ready to help you overcome the problem and get back to your life!
If you want to regain function and mobility, return to favorite sports and other activities, or even just perform everyday tasks without pain, we may be able to help you achieve your goals.
Our team has been able to treat many patients by using advanced tools and techniques, and we would love the opportunity to do the same for you!
What does an orthopedist do?
To put it simply, orthopedic doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries – those which relate to the bones, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, other connective tissues, and joints found throughout your body.
These various components make up your musculoskeletal system, and play an integral role in providing structure and enabling movement.
As is the case with any body system—all of which are undeniably important—there are problems that can arise in this particular system. Often, the issues resolved with orthopedic care are caused by some kind of physical trauma. In other, less-frequent instances, a problem developed in response to structural abnormality or even overuses.
If you have pain, difficulty, or other issues with joints or the aforementioned tissues, you may benefit from seeing an orthopedic specialist – like our own Dr. Scott Fujii.
How do I know when to see an orthopedic specialist?
Some of the signs that it’s time to contact our office and request an appointment for orthopedic care include:
You have difficulty performing normal, everyday activities. Yes, if you are having pain or difficulty while exercising or doing things outside the realm of daily activities, you should absolutely seek treatment. But this also holds true if you have difficulty walking up steps or severe wrist pain while trying to open a jar of pickles.
Your pain is chronic. If you have discomfort or slight pain that only lasts a couple of days, you might not need orthopedic care. In the event your pain is chronic—which means it is lasting longer than 12 weeks—you should contact our office for professional diagnosis and treatment.
You have a limited range of motion in any of your joints. This can be a signifier of an arthritic condition, but there are possible other explanations as well – so the best move you can make is to seek professional diagnosis and treatment. Seeing us sooner rather than later is essential for making sure the problem doesn’t become worse.
You lack stability when standing or walking. When you’re up or in the process of standing up, you shouldn’t feel wobbly or shaky. If this is something you experience, it’s a strong sign there is some kind of joint problem. We will work to figure out why it is happening and then create a plan to address it.
The soft tissue injury you sustained is not improving. Soft tissue injuries—those involving connective tissues or muscles—typically show marked improvement within 48 hours when RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is used. If you are not seeing this following your ankle sprain or wrist injury, contact our office and request the earliest possible appointment.
Competitive Athletes, Weekend Warriors, and Seniors in Sacramento Trust McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group for Expert Orthopedic Care – and So Should You!
We are fortunate to have been able to help many members of our greater Sacramento community overcome foot and ankle pain and difficulty. You can join them when you contact our office and request your appointment.
When you come to McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, you can expect service that is both professional and compassionate. We will take the time to listen to your concerns and goals, and then create a customized treatment plan for you.
Of course, this only starts when you reach out to us!
Connect with us today by calling our Carmichael office at (916) 961-3434 or take advantage of our online form to contact us right now!