Many people develop problems affecting their joints, muscles, bones, or tendons at some point, particularly athletes or older people. If you are experiencing an orthopedic issue, scheduling an appointment with orthopedic specialists as soon as possible is the best thing you can do for your health. Below, we will take a look at when you should consider seeing an orthopedist, as well as what you can expect in terms of costs.
When to Visit an Orthopedic Specialist
Orthopedic specialists should be consulted when there are signs of an orthopedic problem. When a traumatic injury occurs, it is sometimes immediately clear that the assistance of a specialist will be needed. Sometimes, you may know that there is an injury but want to give it a few days before seeing a doctor. Unless symptoms are severe or getting progressively worse, waiting for a few days is typically fine.
Chronic conditions usually develop slowly over time, and may become a new normal, to the point where patients may dismiss symptoms as part of the process of aging. It is important to realize that experiencing chronic pain is never a normal experience.
Visiting an orthopedic specialist early on after symptoms develop is a good choice for many reasons. It ensures that you do not live with uncomfortable symptoms for longer than necessary, and prevents you from developing a worse condition or complications that could cost more to treat later on.
Insurance covers the cost of visiting orthopedic specialists, so your insurance coverage is the primary factor that determines what you will pay out of pocket. In some cases, you may need to be referred to an orthopedist by your primary care doctor before you insurance will pay; this depends on your insurance plan.
Some patients have a low deductible, so that even invasive surgery is very affordable. Other patients have a higher deductible. While these patients may not experience high costs for appointments and non-surgical procedures, the cost of surgery can be high for patients with a higher deductible.
Managing the Cost of Treatment
In cases where a patient needs surgery but cannot pay their out-of-pocket costs all at once, financing may be used to manage the cost of treatment. Patient financing companies allow patients to spread the cost of treatment out over the course of several months. Other financing options include loans, lines of credit, credit cards, and health care credit cards. The right choice for you depends on your unique financial situation.
Dr. Howard Marans would be happy to meet with you about your orthopedic health. To schedule your consultation today, please click below and enter your information or call OC Orthopedic at (714) 979-8981.