If you're suffering from a foot, ankle, or knee problem, you're not alone. Orthopedic issues are far more common than you'd think. Here are just a few facts you may not have known.
There's actually an incredibly high demand for orthopedic surgeons. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery reports that there are about 25,500 orthopedic surgeons currently practicing within the United States. Most of these orthopedic surgeons practice privately, as private practices make up about 73.5% of all orthopedic practices. The remaining practices are split between academic institutions, hospital and medical center practices, academic private practices, military practices, pre-paid plans and HMO practices, public institutions, other settings, and locum tenens.
About 75% of Americans experience foot problems to some degree of severity at one point in their lives, and about 60% of all foot and ankle injuries are sprains and strains. However, women have about four times as many foot issues as men do. The reason -- high heels.
Believe it or not, orthopedic surgeons actually perform a jaw dropping average of 32 orthopedic procedures each month, according to the Orthopaedic Practice in the U.S. 2008 report.
Adult orthopedic knee surgery is the most popular sub-specialty in orthopedics, as over 35% of orthopedic surgeons practicing in this area. The next most common sub-specialties include arthroscopy (34.4%), sports medicine (34.3%), and total joint (33.4%).
California has the most orthopedic specialists, with 2,180 practicing there, with New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Massachusetts following respectively. In other words, if you live in one of these states, and need to have orthopedic surgery, you won't have to look very far, very hard, or for very long to find the doctor you need.
Who would have thought that there were so many orthopedic specialists out there, or that they performed so many surgeries a month? If you have any questions about orthopedic surgery, feel free to share in the comments.
What better way to enjoy the summer than poolside with friends and family! If you’re recovering from a knee or shoulder injury, you might think the pool is the last place you should be. However, there are several benefits of incorporating swimming into your orthopedic rehab. Water exercises in general have great benefits for orthopedic rehab, but swimming may be one of the best.
Consider these three perks to hitting the swim lanes, and dive into summer swimming as part of your healing process.
One of the best benefits of swimming for orthopedic rehab is that water provides a zero-impact exercise environment for your joints and bones. Running, for example, is a high-impact exercise and can be very hard on your body. Water supports your body weight and allows you to freely move with all the benefits of exercise. If you’re recovering from a recent injury, you need a good exercise that won’t put unnecessary strain on your body.
Flexible exercise ranges
A pool gives you a wide range of exercise options when it comes to swimming, everything from backstroke to butterfly, free-style, and breaststroke. If you have a nagging shoulder injury, a different stroke can give your shoulders the physical therapy it needs to properly heal.
Swimming is a full-body workout. Your legs and hips get the benefit of kicking to propel you through the water while your arms and shoulders get resistance training from pulling. Your heart gets a great cardio workout and your lungs have an active breathing session to help you keep a good pace. Swimming is a great way to get in shape and stay there with each session.
Always check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting a new exercise routine. Make sure it’s safe for you to swim as part of your orthopedic rehab.
If you recently suffered a joint or bone injury, our Orthopedic Associates team is here to serve you. We’re here to serve our St. Louis community with the treatment you need to enjoy the life you want.
How to choose an orthopedic care provider
Finding the right orthopedic surgeon can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve recently experienced a traumatic injury. How does your medical plan fit into the picture? Can you take your time finding the right doctor for you?
There are several important factors to consider when it comes to choosing an orthopedic care provider.
Network of insurance coverage for orthopedic care
The first step is determining which orthopedic providers are included in your medical plan’s network. If you do have an out-of-network orthopedic surgeon in mind, you will want to calculate the projected cost of their services. Your primary care physician usually has a list of orthopedic surgeons they recommend to patients. Review the list with your doctor and ask why they recommend a specific surgeon.
Reputation of the orthopedic physician
Once you have a list of your in-network orthopedic surgeon, you will want to review those orthopedic specialists. No doctor is perfect, but the more you can gain trust in their expertise through reading about a previous patient’s satisfied experience, the better peace of mind you will have. If you have a co-worker, family member, or friend who recently underwent the same treatment you need, you might want to ask about their experience.
Specialty experience of orthopedic surgeon
Being the nicest doctor in the world doesn’t guarantee exceptional skill in surgery. You want to know your orthopedic surgeon has the track record of doing the exact procedure you require.
Why you should choose Orthopedic Associates
For the past sixty years, Orthopedic Associates has been one of St. Louis’ premier orthopedic care providers for both adults and children. We specialize in a variety of traditional and non-traditional orthopedic treatment solutions, including surgical and non-invasive practices. Our orthopedic care team provides the latest in patient care through personalized treatment plans to help your body recover its fullest, healthiest life possible.
When it comes to choosing an orthopedic surgeon or care provider, we’d love to serve you. Call Orthopedic Associates to speak with a member of our team, ask any questions you may have, and schedule your in-person consultation. We look forward to serving you!
You may be starting to calculate how much stress you put on your musculoskeletal system every day and are wondering if and when to consult an orthopedist. If you experience any type of pain in your ankles, knees, hips shoulders or back, especially chronic pain, you should consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon. And don’t worry, your orthopedist isn’t going to suggest orthopedic shoulder surgery just because your shoulder is hurting a little bit. Depending on the situation, orthopedic surgery is generally used as a last resort after other treatment options don’t have the desired effect. Orthopedic shoulder surgery isn’t going to be a first choice unless it’s absolutely, 100% necessary. Your orthopedist isn’t there to put you through more unnecessary pain; they’re there to keep you from any more pain and help you develop a more informed approach when it comes to the day to day activities of your musculoskeletal system.
For many people, there is a negative connotation when it comes to surgery. In addition to that, we associate orthopedic surgery with the elderly more often than not. Despite these ideas, orthopedic surgery can be very helpful in managing or even eliminating pain. Read on for just a few ways that surgery can help.
Starting with the most obvious benefit, if you receive, for example, hip surgery or knee surgery, those joints will work better together, causing less pain. Currently, 1.5 billion people around the world say they deal with chronic pain. In addition, 31 million people in the United States suffer from low-back pain. These can be eliminated with the help of surgery. It is important to consult with a doctor to ensure that surgery is the only option. While surgery can help eliminate serious conditions, you shouldn't do it if it's not necessary.
Sometimes people suffer from health issues that surgery can't entirely fix. However, you can often ease pain with surgery. About 52.5 million Americans have been told they have some kind of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. Surgery can help these conditions so that they don't take over your life. The same can be said for hand and wrist conditions. The benefit is having less chronic pain, and the residual pain after surgery will be much more easily managed!
General orthopedics and/or surgery can significantly improve your standard of living. Chronic pain or certain conditions can render you unable to participate in certain activities, but orthopedics can get you back into whatever you'd like to do. When you improve your standard of living, you can be more engaged and happy.
What do you think about orthopedic surgery? Do you have an experience you'd like to share? Let us know your thoughts, comments, and concerns!
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