by Alfred M. Faulkner, DO, PC on February 28, 2022Orthopedic doctors specialize in the musculoskeletal system. This includes your bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Dr. Alfred Faulkner is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who evaluates and treats musculoskeletal issues. If you are wondering if you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Faulkner, then this article is for you. Below we will discuss six ways to know when it is time to see an orthopedic doctor. 1. You Have Suffered a Recent InjuryIf you have suffered a recent injury, then it may be time to see an orthopedic doctor. An orthopedic doctor can evaluate your injury and advise you regarding treatment options. Common injuries that orthopedic doctors evaluate and treat include sprains, fractures, tears and dislocations. 2. You Have Difficulty Performing Everyday TasksYour musculoskeletal system plays an important role in your everyday life. If you have difficulty performing everyday tasks, then it is time to see an orthopedic doctor. Everyday tasks include those necessary for self-care, such as bathing, dressing and feeding oneself. Everyday tasks also include sitting, standing, walking and going up and down stairs.3. You Have a Limited Range of MotionYour range of motion is how far you can move and stretch the various parts of your body. Everyone has a different range of motion. If you have noticed that your range of motion in any part of your body has become limited or has decreased, then it is time to see an orthopedic doctor.4. You Suffer from Chronic PainPain is a normal part of life. However, it shouldn’t be a normal part of everyday life. If you have pain that won’t go away and it’s been more than a few months, it’s time to see an orthopedic surgeon.5. Joint InstabilityYour body is full of joints that play an important role in your movement. This includes your shoulders and knees. If your joints are stable, then you can maintain and control their movement and position. If you are experiencing joint instability in any of your joints, it is time to see an orthopedic doctor.6. Other Treatments Haven’t WorkedIf you are seeking treatment for a musculoskeletal issue and it isn’t working, then it is time to see an orthopedic doctor.Contact the Michigan Bone Doctor for Your AppointmentIf any of the above statements rings true to you, then it is time to contact Dr. Faulkner in Dearborn or Jackson today to schedule your appointment.