General Orthopaedics v. Primary Care Orthopaedics: What’s right for You?

by TOI Admin February 24, 2015

At TOI we are sometimes asked, “What is the difference between General Orthopaedics and Primary Care Orthopaedics and which one is the best option for me?” 

General Orthopaedics involves the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions of the body's musculoskeletal system. Comprised of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves and connective tissue, the musculoskeletal system is vital for movement and activity. The Orthopaedic Institute's specialists are dedicated to improving and restoring musculoskeletal function - helping patients reach their personal wellness goals. Depending on the diagnosis and severity of the condition, surgical intervention may be recommended. If so, TOI has 20 fully trained and experienced surgeons provide the complete spectrum of musculoskeletal care, including the following surgical specialties:

  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Hip Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Spine and Neurosurgery
  • Microvascular Surgery

Many musculoskeletal conditions can be managed without surgery and, often times, do not require intervention by an orthopaedic surgeon. The Orthopaedic Insitute's 8 Primary Care Orthopaedic physicians provide non-surgical, conservative care treatment of common orthopaedic injuries and disorders, including the performance of office-based procedures such as fracture care, joint injections, joint aspirations, casting, splinting and other procedures not requiring sedation or general anesthesia. 

As an employee of TOI for 15 years, Tanya Mazyck, RT(R) says, “the wonderful thing is that TOI offers both of these options because of our 28 specialty physicians! Patients can come to any of our locations and get care for all their musculoskeletal needs from one of surgeons or primary care orthopaedic physicians. Either way you will be taken care of. Also, if your TOI physician thinks you need x-rays, injections, MRI, and therapy we can even provide those services on site for your convenience.”

So whether you need surgery or non-surgical conservative care treatment, TOI has you covered. If you need to make an appointment the quickest and easiest way to schedule your initial visit at The Orthopaedic Institute is to call us at 352-336-6000. Our appointment schedulers are available Monday - Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fridays, from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Or, if you prefer simply fill out this online appointment request form, and one of our representatives will contact you within 24 hours.

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