Pain is your body’s natural mechanism telling you that something is wrong. As most practitioners are not experts in bone and joint problems, it is important that you are evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible so that the cause of musculoskeletal pain can be diagnosed, successfully treated, and resolved. If this is done, the need for narcotic pain medicines can almost always be minimized or completely avoided.
You should know that using narcotic pain medicines (Norco, Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, etc) very quickly leads to a condition called hyperalgesia. This is where your natural pain tolerance is decreased causing you to feel much more pain than you should. At the same time your body develops an ever increasing tolerance to narcotic drugs. It tends to set a new norm where your body expects to have a dose of narcotic just to feel normal. The net result is that for the rest of your life every painful problem with your body will hurt more than it should. Sadly this leads to chronic pain syndromes which often lead to long term disability. Please don’t let you or your friends and family fall into this common trap. Instead, let us 'fix' your orthopedic problem so that the pain is no longer an issue!