Navigating a patient's need for orthopaedic surgery

Michael Milligan, M.D., CAQSM
Non-Surgical Sports Medicine
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 Q: Can you give an overview of non-surgical sports medicine?
Michael Milligan, M.D., CAQSM: Non-surgical sports medicine is not a new profession. It's been around for a good while now, but there certainly remains a lot of mystery sometimes around what the non-surgical sports medicine physician does. As a non-surgical sports medicine physician, we're trained to understand the musculoskeletal system; bones and joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. We're trained to understand all those things. We're trained to understand how to take care of them, evaluate them diagnose them. We have a lot of training and understanding what things need surgery – and when they need surgery.
 Q: How closely do you work with Andrews Institute orthopaedic surgeons?
Michael Milligan, M.D., CAQSM: The non-surgical sports medicine physicians here at the Andrews Institute work hand-in-hand with our physician colleagues who are surgeons. We work very closely with those folks and we understand what things they need to see occur before they take a patient to the operating room. We understand what the qualifications are for surgery, what the Necessities are beforehand. So we make sure you're there, and that you're seeing the right person for the problem you have, you’re receiving the care you need for that problem, and helping sort of move that care process forward for you as a patient.


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