At Valley Sports Physicians & Orthopedic Medicine our goal is to provide the highest quality care and personal level of service for persons with sports injuries and other non-surgical musculoskeletal problems. We strive to ensure that not only do you completely understand your diagnosis but also that you understand the proposed treatment plan.
Our emphasis is on non-surgical treatment. Over 90% or sports injuries do not require surgery. However, that does not mean that we are against surgery! When done for the right reasons and under the right circumstances, surgery may in fact be the best option, and we refer for surgical consultations when we believe it is indicated. But often there are alternatives to surgery that patients—and even some physicians—may not be aware of.
We are Osteopathic physicians. Our training emphasizes taking a holistic look at each person and his or her medical problems in a broader context. We also look at the whole body, not just the part that hurts. Your foot may be the reason your back hurts! As a result, our treatments often will incorporate a wider range of approaches or treatment options.
It is our belief that you—the patient—and the physician or therapist are partners in your health care. Therefore we try to teach and educate our patients so that they can make informed decisions about treatment choices more effectively and confidently. In fact, the Latin root of the word physician means "teacher." However, a partnership is a collaboration. We will do our best to provide the best medical care we can. But that also means that we expect patients to accept responsibility for their care—to do the exercises we instruct, take the medication we prescribe, or get the tests that we order.
We also recognize that, while we successfully treat most of the problems presented to us, occasionally there are situations where either an accurate diagnosis cannot be made or a problem cannot be resolved. We do not give up easily when it comes to finding a solution to your problem. But we also will not unnecessarily prolong treatment if we believe that we are not helping you. In those cases, when appropriate, we will try to refer you to another physician who may be better able to help you.
Finally, we desire every patient to have a positive experience in our office. Many of our patients send us thank-you notes and refer friends and family. However, if you are dissatisfied with our service, we want to know about it so we can try to make it right.