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March 28, 2018 - TCO

Myths about specialists, dispelled

Specialists are your best bet when you have orthopedic concerns. At Twin Cities Orthopedics, a quick and accurate diagnosis with no delay in proper treatment can help get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Still not sure about starting with a specialist? Allow us dispel some of the myths you may have heard about seeing one from the beginning.

Myth: You need a referral to see a specialist.

Truth: Most insurance plans don’t require a referral before seeing a specialist. Call your insurance provider to check your plan.

Myths: Getting in to see a specialist takes a long time.

Truth: In many cases, appointments are often available the same or next day.

Myth: Seeing a specialist costs more.

Truth: While costs may vary, seeing a specialist immediately can reduce your number of visits by ensuring you get the correct treatment and imaging from the start.

Myth: It doesn’t matter who I see to get an MRI ordered.

Truth: A specialist can narrow down the correct imaging for your symptoms, which could save you from unnecessary/additional MRIs. Sometimes an MRI isn’t necessary. Different, less-expensive alternative imaging tests such as CTs, X-rays and ultrasounds can be used to explain your symptoms.

Myth: Specialists only offer surgery.

Truth: Specialists have experience seeing a variety of treatment plans, which gives them the ability to offer you more choices for your care. Non-operative options are a common part of treatment plans.

Myth: Recovery time is the same for specific injuries.

Truth: With orthopedics, time away from activities (rest time) is important for patient satisfaction. Experience is the only gauge for the correct length of healing time, and a specialist has it. Choosing rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), physical therapy or immediate surgical intervention can critically change a patient’s recovery time and satisfaction. This is especially the case for athletes and individuals at risk for recurrent injury.