Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, OCC

Seven of Colorado’s Top Private Orthopedic Practices Come Together to Form Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, Now the State’s Largest Practice

DENVER – August 31, 2017 – Fifty-six of Colorado’s top orthopedic physicians, across seven practices, have united under a common vision of improving outcomes, efficiency, cost, and quality to form Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, LLC (OCC). With 19 offices across the Denver metro area, the combined practice is the largest provider of orthopedic and musculoskeletal care in the state.

The seven practices coming together as Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, LLC are:

  • Advanced Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists P.C.
  • Colorado Orthopedic Consultants, P.C.
  • Denver Spine Surgeons, LLC
  • Denver-Vail Orthopedics, P.C.
  • Hand Surgery Associates, P.C.
  • Orthopedic Associates, LLC
  • Peak Orthopedics & Spine, PLLC

In a market where just 33 percent of physicians work in independent practice, down from 48 percent in 2012, this formation represents a physician-driven commitment to the private practice model of medicine.

“The private-practice model has proven to deliver a higher level of quality at a more competitive price,” said Davis Hurley, MD, president of Orthopedic Centers of Colorado. “Patients will continue to benefit from the more personalized approach that private practice delivers to accommodate each patient’s needs.”

As a physician-driven organization, OCC will remain nimble enough to adapt to the ever-changing healthcare landscape, and emerge as pioneers in improved patient outcomes and reduced costs, while maintaining strong personal relationships with the patients from the communities we serve.

The seven practices will begin operating as Orthopedic Centers of Colorado on September 1, 2017. Patients of the practices will see no interruption in their care and services and will begin to see the OCC name on patient communications.

About Orthopedic Centers of Colorado, LLC

The number one choice for orthopedic, hand and spine health in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, Orthopedic Centers of Colorado is an independent group of 56 physicians focused on patient specific care, quality outcomes, value and continuous improvement. We’ve assembled the best doctors across nearly 30 areas of expertise including Colorado’s best sports medicine and orthopedic physicians. Patients can visit any of our 19 convenient locations for care from doctors who believe quality patient care starts with a great patient experience. Learn more at orthocentersco.com

Exos Waterproof Cast for Broken Bone

Is a broken bone casting a shadow on your kid’s summer fun?

How to get through summer with a broken bone, such as a fractured arm, broken wrist or leg.

Summer is a great time for adventure: swimming, climbing, biking, running, and…sometimes falling. Fractures account for 25-30 percent of children visiting clinics during “fracture season.”

A broken arm or broken wrist can feel like a real damper on kids’ summer fun, because healing takes time and typically a change in kids’ busy lifestyle – at least for a little while. To heal properly, factures must be set and immobilized, which limits activities like swimming, contact sports and even writing or music.

The good news is that children’s broken bones heal faster than adults. Why? Because kids have a dense and strong fibrous membrane that covers the surface of their bones while they are still growing. The blood vessels in this material provide oxygen and nutrients to bones for growth, and for faster healing.

But kids still need about six weeks in a cast to ensure proper stabilization and alignment. So how can kids and their parents survive during that unscheduled down time? We’ve got four tips to make the healing from a broken bone faster and less painful for all involved:

  1. Get the right kind of cast, a waterproof – yes waterproof! – cast.

Parents – if you’ve ever broken a bone, you remember the itchy, uncomfortable traditional plaster or fiberglass casts that kept you out of the pool and away from the fun. But today’s casts are nothing like those from your childhood memories. Waterproof casts mean you can shower without a bag and even swim! They can be adjusted to accommodate swelling and even removed to clean the skin. Antibacterial material reduces irritation and unpleasant smells. Many waterproof casts even come in fun designs, making a hard time for kids a little easier. 

  1. Take extra care in the first week

Kids are typically the most uncomfortable during the first 24 hours, when swelling is the most severe, and into the first week when the broken bone is fresh. To reduce swelling right away, try to keep the broken bone elevated above the heart, which allows fluid to disperse. This, along with icing the injury on a rotating schedule (20 min on, at least 1 hour off) for up to 48 hours, can go a long way toward reducing pain. 

  1. Staying active and safe while healing

Once the initial shock and pain passes, kids are pretty resilient and quickly “forget” that they have a broken bone. This is where parents must be actively involved to help kids get into a modified normal routine without putting their fracture at risk for further injury. Start by talking to your orthopedic about limitations based on your child’s specific injury and then find ways to modify their favorite activities or find new activities that keep them active. Try hiking or going for a walk instead of biking, for example. Avoid contact sports and anything that puts your child at risk for another fall, such as biking, skateboarding, waterskiing etc.

  1. When it’s time to be free of that cast…easy does it.

When it’s finally time to break free from the cast (pun intended) and get back to normal, kids are often surprised to feel that their arm or leg doesn’t feel “normal.” Minor muscle atrophy or stiffness is common and the limb may feel weak or even be a little bit painful at first. Encourage your child to ease back into normal activities and allow the limb to stretch and re-acclimate to regular activities.

Broken bones are never fun, but pain and inconvenience can be minimized and healing time can move quickly if parents and kids work together to manage through the healing process. Getting back to summer fun and finding new ways to #BeActive are always worth the wait!

Contact us about the waterproof cast option.