At Aurora, our primary care doctors are an important link in the chain of quality orthopedic care. Primary care doctors really know their patients and can help guide and advise you if you’re dealing with orthopedic challenges.
Primary care doctors with the right training can often treat minor orthopedic issues themselves, which means less appointments and follow-up for you. They also work closely with orthopedic surgeons before and after surgery to make sure your care is personalized to your specific needs. Some, with additional training in wilderness and sports medicine, work within the orthopedic department, as part of the team.
Additionally, family doctors are a valuable resource for support on incorporating habits that contribute to orthopedic health.
Our primary care doctors work closely with our orthopedic specialists to offer personalized, comprehensive care.
During your annual checkup, your primary care doctor will check your orthopedic health. Our doctors emphasize prevention of orthopedic problems by:
Our family doctors begin teaching these healthy habits during childhood and continue to encourage them at every stage of life.
Some common orthopedic problems that can be treated by your family doctor include:
When a condition is more serious and needs to be referred to an orthopedic surgeon, your primary care doctor can prepare you for the visit.
Your doctor will also share your medical records with your surgeon by using our integrated electronic medical record (EMR) system. That means a more seamless and a more stress-free experience for you.
At Aurora, your primary care doctor will play an important role before and after orthopedic surgery, by making sure your heart is healthy enough for surgery.
If you are diabetic or have a chronic health condition, your primary care doctor will make sure you get the special care you need. Your doctor will also check in with you after surgery, making sure you’re getting the services that will help in your recovery.