Orthopedic surgery in Kenya is a procedure that requires more time than typical procedures. Because of this, it is important to be able to identify when a patient should have the surgery and when they do not need it. While there are many reasons why someone may need orthopedic surgery, there are also several signs that may indicate that you need to see an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later.
Your quality of life is suffering.
If you’re experiencing a loss in some aspect of your life, it may be time to consider Orthopedic surgery in Kenya. Your quality of life is important and it’s possible that the pain or discomfort you are feeling is affecting how you live. If you are having difficulty doing things that were once enjoyable, it may be time to talk with an orthopedic surgeon about your options for joint replacement or other surgical procedures.
Here are some reasons why this could be happening:
- You can’t participate in physical activities like sports or exercise because of your knee pain.
- The pain often prevents you from getting through a full day at work without needing to take breaks or leave early due to knee pain and discomfort.
- You have trouble walking long distances without causing damage to your knees because they hurt so much from arthritis, osteoarthritis or similar conditions related to damaged joints (osteoarthritis).
Tingling or numbness
You may be experiencing tingling or numbness in your fingers and toes, arms and legs, neck or back or face. If this happens often, you should see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam.
Swelling is a sign that something isn’t right in your body. It can be caused by an injury or infection, which may also cause pain. To treat swelling:
- Rest the affected area as much as possible.
- Ice the area to reduce swelling and pain (for no longer than 20 minutes at a time). You can do this using a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel or gel ice pack wrapped in cloth. Remove the ice for about 5 minutes if you start to feel numbness or tingling; then reapply it again on top of your clothes so that it doesn’t rub against your skin directly.
- Elevate the limb above heart level (or head) for about 20 minutes four times throughout the day (for example, while watching TV or reading).
When joints are not moving properly, they can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Conditions such as arthritis and bursitis can cause joint pain. Arthritis is a group of diseases that cause inflammation and damage to the joints, while bursitis refers to inflammation in one or more fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) around your joints that act as cushions between your bones, tendons and muscles. When you have arthritis or bursitis in a hip or knee joint, this can result in stiffness when you try to move it — sometimes so much so that even walking becomes difficult.
If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms for at least six weeks without improvement: see a doctor!
Your injury is not healing.
A common sign that you may need Orthopedic surgery in Kenya is if your injury is not healing. If you have been injured and it’s not getting better after a few weeks, it’s worth seeing a doctor to get checked out.
If the injury is getting worse instead of better, this can be another sign that you need orthopedic surgery. If your symptoms are worsening or they’re causing problems with other parts of your body, talk to your doctor about what options are available to treat the issue.
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time for an orthopedic surgeon to come take a look. Some of the most common injuries that we see are fractures and sprains. These can be treated with rest, ice or other basic first aid measures. However, if your pain is not improving after these measures have been taken, it may be time for surgery to help relieve some of your discomfort!