Collaboration Improves Patient Care
for Orthopedic Injuries
By Brett Young, MD
Area physicians who specialize in
the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries are collaborating in a program
to streamline patient care. The Cayuga Center for Orthopedics and Sports
Medicine (CCOSM) brings together orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine
physicians, rehabilitation medicine physicians, physical therapists, and
exercise physiologists in a unified network of services. Patients can seek care
at the Center confident in the knowledge that their problems will be
What if my injury is not sports
The idea behind the Center is
one-stop-shopping for all types of musculoskeletal needs, from simple ankle
sprains to geriatric hip fractures. Whether you’re a child running on the playground,
a competitive athlete, or a grandmother playing with your grandchildren,
movement is essential to your sense of wellbeing. The team of experts at CCOSM
is organized to provide care for everyone who needs help recovering from injuries
or chronic pain related to the musculoskeletal system.
How do patients gain access to the
care team at CCOSM?
Patients are referred to CCOSM by
their primary care physicians and by physicians from the Urgent Care Centers
and Emergency Department. You can also self-refer to CCOSM directly by calling
(607) 252-3510. That number is answered by our orthopedic patient navigator,
who will set you up with an appointment to see the appropriate CCOSM specialist,
depending on your injury.
One of our goals at CCOSM is to
simplify the patient experience. The doctors and other professionals within
CCOSM use a shared patient database. This means that as a CCOSM patient, if you
are referred to an orthopedist by a sports medicine physician, and then go on
to have physical therapy, you don’t have to duplicate your registration and
medical history for each new care provider you see.
How do the different doctors and therapists
We interface in several ways. For
example, let’s say you have muscle pain associated with overuse injuries. You
may be referred initially to one of our sports medicine specialists, who are
excellent at identifying and evaluating movement techniques. They can help you
improve your technique and refer you to physical therapy for additional help
reducing inflammation and strengthening affected muscles. If your problem
continues, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for consultation, to
see if surgery is necessary. Alternatively, some patients come to an orthopedic
surgeon initially for their injuries. Some may need immediate surgery, while
others are referred to physical therapy when surgery is not the best solution
to their problem.
At CCOSM, we are focused on the
quality of outcomes for each patient in our care. Each care provider has the
ability to look at patient outcomes. This type of critical analysis helps us
learn from each other while maintaining a high quality of standard of care for
What if my injury requires surgery
but I can’t take time out right now?
The doctors and therapists at CCOSM
understand that patients’ circumstances and goals are uniquely their own, which
is why we offer different treatment options whenever we can do so safely and without
long-term consequences. Through our sports medicine training we have learned
how to keep people active and safe, and perform elective surgery at a more
opportune time. We apply the lessons we’ve learned in taking care of athletes
to the general public. So if a contractor injures himself right before a big
job or an avid gardener develops overuse injures in the spring, we can often explore
ways to manage their injuries safely, get them through their busy seasons, and
schedule surgery when their commitments allow.
Brett Young is an orthopedic surgeon with a background in sports medicine and
fellowship training in shoulder and upper extremities. He is a member of the
care team at CCOSM and is in practice with Orthopedic Services of Cayuga
Medical Associates where he can be reached at 272-7000.