What to Expect During Your First Orthopaedic Visit
While every orthopaedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopaedic specialist may consider in evaluating a patient’s condition. In general, the orthopaedic evaluation usually consists of:
Your medical history will be taken to assist the orthopaedic specialist in evaluating your overall health, your level of joint pain, and its possible causes. In addition, the specialist will assess to what degree your joint pain is interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities, like standing, walking, sitting down, and/or lying down.
After the physical examination, an X-ray evaluation is usually the next step in making the diagnosis. X-rays help show how much joint damage or deformity exists. An abnormal X-ray may reveal: