Published on October 24, 2018

New Bone, Joint and Spine Program will offer ‘one-stop’ care

Painful jointsWhen you hurt your back or neck, injure your knee or get a concussion—all examples of musculoskeletal problems—you want quick and easy access to the doctors and other specialists that you might need.

That’s what we will be offering soon with its new comprehensive Bone, Joint and Spine Program.

“It’s a program that includes multiple specialists—like orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors, and spine and back doctors—who will be providing complete care all in one place,” says Michael Yang, MD, a sports medicine physician with Mercy.

A commitment to the community

This kind of multidisciplinary program has been available at large institutions. Now Mercy wants to bring this high standard of convenient care to the community it serves.

“For example, someone with back pain can call and expect to quickly get an appointment with a back specialist,” Dr. Yang explains. “And while they’re here, maybe they mention that their knee hurts too.

“The back specialist might then pop in to ask me if I can see this patient now. And I’ll go right in.”

If the patient needs X-rays or physical therapy, all appointments will be made before the patient goes home that day.

“The goal is that before you leave, you have everything you need,” Dr. Yang says. “The only thing you’ll have to do is show up for the appointments that have been made for you.”

Developing this type of program takes time, effort and planning. But Dr. Yang and others are working to bring it to Mercy soon.

“I think the bottom line is, we’re trying to better serve our community,” Dr. Yang says. “And that’s what I’m most proud of.”