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Self-Diagnosing Using the Internet

While self-diagnosing has always been a method for some people, the increasing ease of finding medical information on the internet has left a vast majority relying on “Dr. Google” as their go-to source. But is it the right path to take?

What is Cyberchondria?

Cyberchondria is the official name given to the obsession over searching about medical symptoms and conditions on the internet. Nearly 35 percent of American adults have used the internet to research a possible medical diagnosis for themselves or someone else. Many of these people never got a professional opinion from a doctor or learned if their self-diagnosis was valid or incorrect.

The underlying problem with cyberchrondria is that it could lead to people worrying and rushing to the doctor without a need. On the other hand, people with an injury that needs medical treatment could incorrectly self-diagnose and not see a doctor, potentially putting their health at risk.

When to See an Orthopaedic Physician

Mild injuries can be treated at home, but if pain persists, or if movement of the body part becomes increasingly difficult, call your doctor immediately.

Hip Treatment

Symptoms of mild hip injuries, such as a strain, can oftentimes be treated at home. Start with rest, ice, compression and elevation to ease swelling and utilize NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen for pain and discomfort.

If hip pain, groin pain, or swelling persists, schedule an appointment with your physician. Persistent pain in the hip could signal:

Knee Treatment

Knee injuries are often sports related, which can result in pain and swelling, loss of full range of motion, difficulty walking, and stiffness. Symptoms of chronic conditions like knee arthritis are similar but will usually develop over time.

Schedule an appointment if you heard a popping noise at the time of injury, have severe pain, can’t move your knee, have persistent swelling, or you are limping. You could require treatment for:

Shoulder Treatment

Shoulder injuries that happen suddenly, like a rotator cuff tear, a labral tear, a SLAP tear, or a bicep tendon tear, will usually cause intense pain. Symptoms from other conditions, including tendinitis, bursitis, arthritis, or a frozen shoulder, may come on slowly or occur with overuse.

If symptoms are persistent, schedule an appointment with Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center instead of using the internet for diagnosis. For serious medical emergencies, get help immediately.

Sources:

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orthoinfo.org
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