Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT TYPES OF TREATMENTS ARE USED FOR SPORTS INJURIES?

Many non-surgical treatment approaches are used in sports medicine to reduce the symptoms of injury and promote healing. A splint may be suggested initially to protect and rest the injured limb. Anti-inflammatory drugs are often used together with therapy treatments such as ultrasound, cold packs, or electrical stimulation. A series of exercises are suggested to help tissues move safely while healing. Conservative treatment is indicated for most minor sports injuries.

Some sports injuries require surgical treatment. If there is a structural problem, such as a pinched nerve or severely ruptured tendon, surgery may be indicated. Surgery is generally accepted as the treatment of choice for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes. The use of an arthroscope when performing surgery on torn muscle tissue and ligaments has allowed many athletes to return early to sports. Arthroscopic reconstruction using tendon-bone grafts is also used.

WHAT IS A SPORTS INJURY?

Soft-tissue injuries and muscle tears occur frequently in sports. A large proportion of these injuries are minor, where the tissues remain intact. Improved diagnostic techniques such as MRI, CT scans and arthroscopy are now used in the diagnosis of sports injuries.

A minor sports injury is considered to be one that results in only three lost working days, and this accounts for approximately 50% of injuries. However, the number of moderate and severe sports injuries has increased. This can be explained by an increased willingness to take risks, increased performance mentality, and increased degree of danger in certain sports.

HOW IS THE ARTHROSCOPE USED?

Using the arthroscope to assist with joint surgery usually involves making smaller incisions into the joint than those made in a regular open-incision surgery. Once the arthroscope is inserted into the joint, it is used first to try to see the problem. In this way, the problem can be confirmed before making any large incisions and causing any damage unnecessarily. The arthroscope is now used in the examination and surgical treatment of the knee, ankle, shoulder, hip and other joints.

WHAT IS ARTHROSCOPY?

The term arthroscopy basically means to look into the joint. Arthro means joint, and scopy means look. So the common phrase "scope the joint" means to insert an arthroscope into the joint and have a look. Before the development of the arthroscope, surgeons would have to cut into a joint in order to take a look. Over the past several years, the development of very small video cameras and specialized instruments have allowed surgeons to do more than simply take a look into the joint.

Arthroscopy is now used to:
•  Evaluate the extent of arthritis
•  Remove damaged cartilage
•  Evaluate and repair ligament injuries
•  Remove scar tissue and bone fragments

DO I NEED A REFERRAL?

You will need to check with your insurance company to determine whether you need a referral from your primary care physician.  Each insurer handles this differently.  Should there be questions, our office can help you communicate with your insurance representative to determine what is required.

HOW DO I GET ASSIGNED A DOCTOR?

Our practice is comprised of highly trained physicians in subspecialty areas of orthopedics.  When you call New Milford Orthopedics, we make every effort to provide you with an appointment with the doctor who specifically treats the medical issue you describe to us.  Many of our doctors have expertise in more than one orthopedic discipline, and will be able to offer you a comprehensive evaluation and recommended treatment approach.

Should you request a visit with a specific physician based on a personal or primary care physician referral, your appointment can be made directly with that doctor when you call our office.

AT WHICH HOSPITAL OR OFFICE WILL I BE TREATED?

New Milford Orthopedics offers four convenient locations for office visits in Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, and Sharon.  Your medical condition will determine which doctor you see and which office will host your visit. Most of our doctors can see patients at multiple locations and you can discuss with our office staff which office location will suit your schedule and be most convenient for you.

New Milford Orthopedics’s surgeons have admitting privileges at New Milford Hospital, Sharon Hospital, Danbury Hospital, the Danbury Surgical Center and Western Connecticut Orthopedic Surgical Center.  Where you have surgery may depend on your insurance plan, and you should discuss this with your surgeon and our staff at your presurgical visits.  Surgery that requires an overnight stay is typically performed at a ospital, while outpatient procedures are usually performed at one of the outpatient surgical centers.

DO I SEE A DOCTOR OR A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT FOR MY VISITS?

You will be able to see a physician for an initial comprehensive assessment and discussion about your individual treatment program.  During the course of treatment and recovery, there may be occasions when your follow-up appointment(s) may be booked with the surgeon’s physician’s assistant, but you will be apprised of this on the phone when you book your appointment and you will have the option to see the PA or wait for an appointment with your physician.  We make every effort to meet your needs for appointments in an efficient and timely manner and oftentimes seeing the PA is just what is needed to ensure your follow-up program stays on schedule.

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME DOCTOR FOR MY VISITS?

Yes.  Your relationship will be with your specific physician and all appointments will be maintained on your physician’s schedule, with the exception of when you agree to see a physician assistant.

DO I RECEIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY THROUGH NEW MILFORD ORTHOPEDICS OR A THIRD PARTY?

We also refer to physical therapists in each of our neighboring communities.

An individualized treatment program, carefully designed by your therapist with integrated guidance by your physician, will help you get on the path to recovery and return to full activity and optimal well-being.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE INITIAL EXAMINATION?

Your first visit to New Milford Orthopedics is designed to assess and evaluate your medical issue and determine exactly what is causing the pain that is bothering you or limiting your activity.  Your physician will perform a physical exam to assess the affected area or joint. Diagnostic testing may be required, such as x-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in order to see issues in your musculoskeletal system that can only be visualized through radiologic services.  Following testing and a report from your radiologist, your physician will discuss a course of treatment with you.

DO YOU CORRESPOND WITH MY REFERRING DOCTOR?

Yes. We maintain close communication with your referring physician throughout your course of treatment.  The referring physician’s office will receive a report from New Milford Orthopedics following each visit with us. In addition, we will discuss any complex issues or concerns regarding medical history, conditions, or testing results, as needed, on the telephone.  New Milford Orthopedics believes an integrated approach to your medical care and communication with your providers are essential to proper and effective treatment.

 
 
 

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