Pain that’s not going away? When is the right time to refer to an orthopaedic specialist and what options are available to your patients? Our Q&A session with Mr Kumar, Consultant Surgeon in Orthopaedics should help shed some light.
When is the right time to refer your physio patient to a specialist?
- Persistent joint pain not responding to a course of treatment
- New onset joint pain during physio
- Finding of joint swelling or effusion not resolving
- Finding of a new soft tissue lump getting bigger and painful or of concern
- Questions that cannot be answered! (It’s ok to say “I don’t know”)
What sort of ailments would present?
- skin changes
- giving way in the knee
- lump and bump
- reduced walking distance
- night pain
In what situations would you recommend an injection?
Only ever after specialist consultation and up to date imaging. You should never inject into an area if you don’t know what’s going on.
When is it time to have a scan?
- Symptoms not responding to conservative treatment
- Following specialist consultation.
- For what injuries/reasons would surgery be necessary?
- Persistent pain affecting the quality of life
- Scan proven pathology