Phoenix, AZ (PressExposure) October 22, 2012 -- As any parent who has had a child suffer from a playground fall can tell you, waiting several days to see an orthopedic specialist can be excruciating. During that time, parents are instructed to keep the injured limb still and the patient busy with quiet activities.
"It can be very challenging for parents to keep their child's injured limb immobile," said Dr. David Ott, an orthopedic surgeon at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway. "We are all parents and we understand the anxiety when your child is hurting. For this reason, we adopted a policy of same-day appointments for acutely injured children. The success of the program made it natural to expand it to adults."
Adults who experience a fall or accident can be equally challenged keeping an injured bone or joint still. Same-day appointments at AOA are available to patients of all ages.
And at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway patients are always seen and treated by of the practice's nine surgeons. AOA at Gateway doctors are consistently voted the best doctors in Phoenix and have appeared in Phoenix Magazines annual "Top Doctors" issues for the past 14 years. Additionally, AOA surgeons have been included in Best Doctorsâ¢ since its inception.
"We feel that every new patient deserves and needs the treatment of a board-certified doctor," said Dr. Ott. "Once the examination is complete, the doctor will then determine what the treatment plan should be and they discuss the plan with the patient, and their parents or guardians."
The process is made easier at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway because digital X-ray and MRI equipment is available on location, cutting down wait times and trips to other specialists.
"Our patients don't have to leave to have their X-rays completed or wait for the results to come back from another facility," Dr. Ott said. "We have the X-rays done on site and can review the film while the patient is here."
The process puts parents at ease, getting their children in quickly to see a doctor and allowing treatment to begin as soon as possible, instead of several days after the initial accident occurs.
"We work hard to offer the most responsive, comprehensive care to our patients," Dr. Ott said. "We know they could choose to go anywhere for treatment, but we're certain that when they experience same-day treatment at Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway, our patients and their parents will appreciate the difference."
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ABOUT ARIZONA ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES AT GATEWAY:
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway strives to improve the quality of life of our patients and their families through outstanding orthopaedic care. Arizona Orthopaedic Associates at Gateway is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care possible. Along with the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, top-rated and board-certified orthopedic surgeons strive to integrate the doctrine of prevention in all treatment plans as a way to alleviate possible future difficulties.