On-the-Spot Care at Oly Orthopaedic

Bone, joint and muscle injuries and conditions are painful and need prompt treatment. As part of its commitment to caring for the orthopaedic needs of the greater Olympia area, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates recently opened two convenient walk-in rapid orthopaedic care (ROC) clinics for acute orthopaedic injuries. The newest location, just opened in May, is housed within the Westside clinic.

Before the ROC clinics opened, patients had been waiting in the ER for hours. “We can now easily get them in and out in 60 minutes,” says Clint Miller, MHS, PA-C. “This is a great option for on-the-job injuries—come in during a lunch hour or after work. It also saves the patient time and money to come straight to the provider.”

Providers at the ROC clinic offer immediate care for urgent injuries, such as sprains and strains, dislocations, fractures, and sports injuries, as well as injured, painful or swollen joints. Patient services include X-ray, casting and splinting, and physical therapy, as well as medical equipment.

“Walk-ins are welcome and most are surprised that they do not need a referral,” Miller says. “People are so excited to get in and out with care in a compassionate manner.”

“We are really efficient in what we do and we are mindful of the patient’s time,” adds Lynn M. Page, PA-C. “I have patients who want to see us again and again. This is the ultimate compliment.”

KARISSA WILSON

For questions and on-the-spot care, walk in or call
Rapid Orthopaedic Care
8140 Freedom Lane NE, Lacey
360.754.ROCC (7622)
olyortho.com
Hours: 10am-7pm, 7 days a week

outpatient total joint program

orthopaedic2Looking at a knee or hip replacement? Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, the largest full-service orthopedic group in the South Puget Sound area, now offers an alternative to the usual hospital stay of two to three days: outpatient surgery for healthier patients, who can then go home the same day of surgery.

“Olympia Orthopaedic Associates provides patients with convenience and the highest quality orthopedic services to get them back to the life they deserve—a life in motion,” says Becki Taylor, surgical services program manager.

Advancements in medicine now allow healthier patients to be up and moving very soon after surgery and returning home the same day, Taylor says. Patients are screened before being offered the program, to determine their fitness for outpatient surgery. OOA, which has been a part of the Thurston County community since 1972, started offering this service to patients in March 2015.

“We are very proactive in educating patients to ensure success after surgery,” says Taylor. Every patient having an out-patient total joint replacement at OOA attends a class and a preoperative physical therapy evaluation, she says. This process ensures that the patient and caregiver are well-prepared for recovery. Taylor reports that post-anesthesia recovery time is about four to five hours after surgery. During their stay, she adds, patients again meet with a physical therapist to go over exercises and to create a recovery plan. Ongoing recovery continues at home, with an outpatient physical therapy program.

According to Taylor, this well-tested, yet innovative program is available only at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates. Ask your primary care physician if the outpatient total joint program is an option for you.

VIRGINIA ROSS

For additional information:
Olympia Orthopaedic Associates
360.709.6230
olyortho.com

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