Did you know that the knee is the largest, most complex joint in the body?
Anyone who has ever suffered a knee injury knows it is also one of the joints most vital to movement and most easily injured.
Approximately 19 million people a year visit their physicians with knee pain, and orthopaedic surgeons are more likely to treat a knee injury than any other orthopaedic injury.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has a website dedicated to the care, treatment and prevention of injury for knees for all ages.
btw…as a long time operating room nurse, I want to point out, the best way to get a referral to a bone doctor (or any doctor for that matter) is through word of mouth. If you are in the unfortunate position of having to go into the emergency room for treatment, you will not have a choice as to who treats you because the doctor on call will be responsible for your care.
My advice…ask the nurse taking care of you which doctor they would have treat their own family.
If it is not the surgeon on call, or the nurse is hesitant to say anything good about the surgeon on call, you might ask for another referral. Better yet, find your own if your condition is not life or limb threatening.
I have worked with many great orthopaedic surgeons, and unfortunately, I have worked with some surgeons who I wouldn’t let touch me with a 10 foot pole!
Just because you are injured and in pain, does not mean you have no choice in your care. Be informed and get the best care possible!