Chronic disease is the number one killer of people in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7 out of 10 Americans die each year from chronic diseases, many of which are preventable. When preventive care is used, and illnesses and diseases are caught early enough, individuals can avoid or better control their health problems. In the case of many musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, preventive care can go a long way towards maintaining healthy bones and joints.
What is preventive care?
Preventive care is defined as a medical or other treatment designed to stop the onset of disease or illness from occurring.
Preventive care is an approach towards healthcare where the purpose is to shift the focus from treating just a disease and sickness to focusing on a person as a whole, to promote a healthy lifestyle and to maintain wellness and good health. Preventive care is usually administered before a patient feels sick or notices any symptoms and is designed to prevent or delay the onset of illness and disease.
In its broadest definition, prevention encompasses a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet, and other similar efforts. Preventive care in a medical setting includes a variety of healthcare services, such as a physical examination, screenings, lab tests, diet and nutritional counseling, and vaccinations.
Orthopedic surgeons are known for treating the musculoskeletal system. This means they care for patients who have problems relating to their bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They treat both chronic and acute pain, as well as traumatic injuries. Chronic orthopedic conditions are problems or pain that persists over time, such as arthritis and lower back pain. Acute conditions are more likely to require prompt action by an orthopedic surgeon, including sprains and strains, broken bones, pulled muscles, and torn ligaments.
From a preventive care approach, proper conditioning can help avoid acute problems such as cramps, and muscle or tendon pulls; proper physical therapy, regenerative medicine, and other non-invasive methods can be used to treat some chronic orthopedic conditions in order to reduce pain and avoid surgery.
At Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopedics, we work on joint, musculoskeletal, and movement problems, and we make it our mission to help you to reach your goals in health and wellbeing as quickly and efficiently as possible. First, we will focus on decreasing the pain you are experiencing. Next, we’ll help you improve your joint, muscle, and body movement by strengthening, stretching, and using physical therapy and exercise methods to help you regain your mobility and function. Our goal is to get you back to doing what you love to do, and we use a variety of evidence-based techniques to help you do just that.
To learn more about preventive care, and what we can do to improve your injury and pain, call Florida Sportsmedicine and Orthopedics at (850) 763-0346 to request an appointment with Dr. James Talkington or request one online.