Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Orthopaedic Surgeon? Back to top
An Orthopaedic Surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, and any related painful conditions.
What is the difference between board eligible and board-certified? Back to top
When a physician has completed an orthopaedic residency and/or fellowship training, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a written test to become board eligible. If the written test is passed, the physician becomes “eligible” to take the oral test, after two years in practice. When the physician passes the oral exam, the physician becomes “board certified” and is considered a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
The intent of the certification process, as defined by the board members of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to provide assurance to the public that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in that specialty.
What is a Physician Assistant? Back to top
Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician Assistants see patients in the office, as well as assist the physician in surgery.
What is a Physical Therapist? Back to top
Physical Therapists are licensed by the state, specializing in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and massage therapy.
What can I expect on my first visit? Back to top
Listed below are important things to help prepare you for your visit:
- Please bring your current insurance card(s) and a photo identification with you to each and every appointment.
- If you have had previous x-rays or diagnostic tests, pertinent to the injury being evaluated, please brings those images and reports with you.
- Please bring a list of all medications you are currently taking, including over the counter medications.
- If your health insurance requires a referral from your primary care physician to see a specialist, please have the referral with you at the time of service.
- Patients under 18 years of age cannot be seen without a parent or guardian present during the visit.
- If your injury is work related, pre authorization is required before an appointment is scheduled. Please have the Insurance company name, claim number, adjuster’s name and phone number available when you call to schedule your appointment.
- For your initial appointment we ask that you complete New Patient information forms. These forms provide valuable information for the physician and will enable us to establish a history and administrative file for you. (download forms here)
- We realize your time is valuable; our physicians do their best to stay on schedule for each appointment.
You should expect your appointment to last approximately 1 hour.
- If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please notify us as soon as possible.
Is parking available? Back to top
Our office building has free parking.
Will I need physical therapy after surgery? Back to top
The doctor will see you at your scheduled post op appointment and determine if formal physical therapy is needed to improve your recovery, an order for therapy will be given at that time.
What hospitals are the Physicians affiliated with? Back to top
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at (301) 565-3301 or (301) 681-5400. After hours, please call (866) 961-5032.