The Care Team
When you receive care at one of our Center for Orthopedic Medicine locations, you’ll likely see many caregivers. These health care professionals work together to ensure you receive the best possible care throughout your journey. Here are the people you are most likely to see, and what they will do to help you get better.
If a physician on your care team is board-certified, he or she chose to obtain an additional credential after medical school and residency training. Board-certified physicians have completed additional education and passed an examination to earn this credential. If one of your caregivers is fellowship-trained, the physician has had additional training in a particular area of interest.
Orthopedic surgeon: This surgeon specializes in bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. He or she evaluates and treats problems in these tissues using a range of treatments, including surgery. For instance, an orthopedic surgeon might replace a hip joint or repair a torn rotator cuff. All of the total joint surgeons at the Center for Orthopedic Medicine are fellowship-trained.
Anesthesiologist: If you should require surgery, an anesthesiologist will perform a preoperative evaluation and then administer pain-controlling medicine before and during your surgery. Your anesthesiologist also will monitor and protect your critical life functions throughout the surgery.
Certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP): This independent licensed health care professional works as part of a team with other physicians. Nurse practitioners diagnose, treat, order and interpret labs and diagnostics, and prescribe any medications you may need.
Nurse navigator: This professional is clinically trained to help identify and remove barriers to care. Your nurse navigator works to help you make decisions and navigate paperwork and insurance issues.
Physician assistant: This medical professional works as part of a team with a doctor. He or she can perform routine exams, order lab work and X-rays, prescribe medicines and counsel people about their health, all under the supervision of a physician.
Exercise physiologist: This professional is trained in health and fitness, with an overall understanding of the mechanics of body movement and disorders related to movement. Our health network’s exercise physiologists can help design a plan of activity that will help you fully heal and recover.
Physiatrist: This doctor specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation to treat various musculoskeletal (muscles and bones) and neurological (nervous system) disorders, including conditions such as arthritis, back pain, work- and sports-related injuries and spinal cord injuries. Physiatrists work with a comprehensive team of experts who diagnose and treat complex spine conditions in our Advanced Spine Center.
Physical therapist: This professional determines your post-operation therapy schedule. During your inpatient stay, most physical therapy is done directly on the floor where your room is located. Your therapist also recommends whether or not you need additional therapy after you leave the hospital.
Physical therapy assistant: This caregiver works under the direction of your physical therapist to provide the services you need to heal and recover. Your physical therapy assistant might guide you through stretches and other exercises or apply treatments such as ultrasound.
Occupational therapist: This professional will help you overcome physical, developmental or emotional disabilities so you lead an independent, productive and satisfying life. An occupational therapist will teach you how to carry out activities of daily living at home, on the job and in the community. Occupational therapists recommend changes in the layout and design of your home or workplace to give you better access and mobility.
Respiratory therapist: This caregiver directs and manages your breathing (respiratory) and lung (pulmonary) care. A big part of the respiratory therapist's job is educating you. He or she might give you information and tools to improve your breathing following surgery.
You will see several other caregivers and support staff if you stay in one of our hospitals. Meet the members of our inpatient team and learn how they will help you.