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Signs and Symptoms of Orthopaedic Problems

14 September 2021

Orthopaedic problems such as arthritis are more prevalent in women than in men with the likelihood of developing arthritis increasing as you age. However, people as young as 20 have been known to develop arthritis and other orthopaedic problems depending on certain factors.

Factors such as excess weight, previous joint injuries and a person’s occupation can increase the chances of orthopaedic problems. Here are several key signs and symptoms of orthopaedic problems.

Painful joints

Persistent or chronic pains in your joints are typically associated with inflammation or swelling around the joints but can also mean that the bones of the joints are rubbing together. All of these symptoms could be signs of arthritis and are a clear indication of orthopaedic problems.

Swollen joints

Joints that are swollen, tender, warm or stiff could be sign of a condition called bursitis. Bursitis is the condition of the swelling of the bursa – a sac filled with fluid that protects the muscles, tendons and bones from rubbing against each other. It is typically caused by an increase in activity level, overuse, or excess weight.

Weak, stiff & bruised muscles

If you have had an injury and are, subsequently, experiencing swelling, pain and a bluish discoloration around the injury, it is possible you have a muscle contusion. This can happen when a blunt object strikes the body, crushing underlying muscle fibres and connective tissue without breaking the skin.

Pain from movement

Having trouble walking, climbing stairs or getting out of chairs are clear signs of orthopaedic problems. Over time, joints in the knees and hips begin to deteriorate, however, they can become too painful to function. These are clear signs of arthritis.

Pain from repetitive motions

Working with heavy machinery that produces vibrations, awkward positions and forceful exertions can cause stress injuries. Occupations that require repetitive movement are often linked to orthopaedic problems and are likely to cause pain to your body and your joints.

Some more signs and symptoms of orthopaedic problems and arthritis can include:

  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Warmth
  • Stiffness
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Bone pain
  • Deformity of the affected area

Doctor Julian Lane is a lower limb orthopaedic specialist and is highly experienced in diagnosing both complex and common orthopaedic problems and arthritis. To improve your quality of life, contact the friendly team at Lane Orthopaedic Surgery today on 07 3394 4228.

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