Friday, January 21, 2022

What’s Up with Orthopedics?



To Your Health
Scott Lowe
CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd

One of the most important responsibilities for any health-care provider is education.

As CEO of Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard, I may not have the same hands-on opportunity as our physicians and staff to share potentially life-saving information, but my responsibility to promote public awareness is equally important.

Though Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is home to a significant number of specialty health care providers, I still find that many don’t take the time to understand the ins and outs of various specialties until they are in NEED of a particular type of care.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s change that.

To begin, with more than 300 physicians, Physicians Regional Healthcare System offers technologically-advanced medical care in more than 45 specialties and subspecialties including comprehensive programs in: 24-hour emergency care; cardiology; vascular disease; ear, nose and throat; digestive diseases; research; orthopedic, spine and neurosurgery; and women’s services.

Today, with the help of board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Aldo Beretta, I want to talk a bit about orthopedic care.

To explain, “orthopedics” deals with discomfort from bone pain and/or joint pain, or, as Dr. Beretta puts it, “Orthopedics addresses every bone, every joint and every ligament from the neck down.”

Dr. Beretta is also quick to point out the primary obstacle often standing between a patient and the orthopedic treatment: FEAR.

The downside of this fear? Patients waiting far too long to get the care they need — an unnecessary delay that often makes matters worse.

Of course, the antidote for this fear is education.

One of the misconceptions about orthopedics is the “assumed” necessity of surgery. Though Physicians Regional provides expert surgical care, according to Dr. Beretta, only about 1 in 30 patients actually require it. In fact, every possible treatment option is explored in advance of surgical procedures.

Many orthopedic conditions can be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) medications such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve. Other treatments include steroids, physical therapy and chiropractic, and injections for pain management.

Warning: When treating bone pain and/or joint pain, OTC medications should only be taken as directed by a physician.

Nevertheless, let’s say that you are the “1” in “30” who can benefit from surgery. Due to the tremendous technological advancements in orthopedic medicine over the years, recovery time has decreased substantially.

For example, “back surgery,” once feared as the most disruptive of all, is no longer as menacing as once believed.

Meaning, this is not your grandfather’s back surgery.

What’s more, most who receive knee replacements go home the next day.

Dr. Beretta also warns: Seek medical treatment from a practitioner who can — if needed — “do it all.” Why? A health-care organization with limited service offerings may be more likely to focus on “in-house” treatments.

At Physicians Regional, “in-house” covers everything from consultations to post-operative care. With a full spectrum of orthopedic services available, our orthopedics team recommends care solely based on individual needs.

As more proof of our commitment to excellence in orthopedic care, Physicians Regional recently opened two “Total Joint Centers” — one on the Collier Campus and another on the Pine Ridge Campus. This “hospital within a hospital” is for individuals in need of hip and knee replacement.

In keeping with today’s theme, the Total Joint Center at Physicians Regional places a huge emphasis on patient education. This is accomplished by offering classes and materials to foster a culture of early ambulation/mobility alongside family involvement and group interactions.

Yes, it’s true — knowledge is power. At Physician’s Regional-Collier Boulevard, our commitment to providing you the best possible orthopedic care is exceeded by only two things: enhancing your understanding — and your comfort level — with the options available to you.




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