Your orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopedic patients have benefited from technological advances such as joint replacement, and the arthroscope that allows the orthopedist to look inside a joint. But your visit with Perimeter Orthopaedics will start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, or other tests.
Not all orthopedic treatment should be created equal. Not everyone will need surgery and not everyone will need physical therapy. It is best to evaluate your situation with a trusted provider so you get the care you need, and deserve.
- Injuries to the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons) or conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis rank number one in visits to physicians’ offices.
- One in seven Americans has a musculoskeletal impairment.
- The number of persons incurring musculoskeletal injuries is 28.6 million annually — accounting for more than one-half of all injuries in one year.
- Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries account for 137.6 million visits to physicians’ offices and hospital outpatient and emergency departments every year.
- Approximately 7.5 million musculoskeletal procedures are performed by physicians every year.
- Arthritis is the leading chronic condition reported by the elderly.
- Back or spine injuries are the most prevalent musculoskeletal impairments.
- Sprains or dislocations and fractures account for almost one-half of all musculoskeletal injuries.
- More than 15.3 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to back problems in 1999.
- More than 10.1 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to knee problems in 1999. The knee is the most often treated anatomical site by orthopedic surgeons.
- More than 5.9 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to shoulder problems in 1999.
- More than 5.3 million visits were made to physicians’ offices due to foot and ankle problems in 1999.
- More than 2.4 million visits were made to physicians in office-based practices in 1999 because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Of these visits, more than one million were made to orthopedic surgeons.
- Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates in 1997, 29,200 episodes of carpal tunnel syndrome were reported in private industry that resulted in an average of 25 days of work loss.
- Each year, musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. cause children to stay home from school 21 million days.
- Currently employed workers in the U.S. lose more than 147 million days of work because of musculoskeletal injuries.
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High-quality orthopedic care is invaluable. It helps people reclaim their quality of life. The value of orthopedic care is when people like YOU can get back to work, to family, and to doing the things you love.
If you would like to learn more, please call us at 404-255-5595 to schedule a visit with one of our providers.