Whether training for a marathon or doggedly sticking to New Year’s Resolutions, exercise isn’t always easy. Young or old, novice or pro, we’re all susceptible to sports injury when using our bodies to their limits.
In a recent study, the CDC reported that “Clinicians and public health advocates frequently promote physical activity to maintain health and reduce the risk of obesity…As more people engage in sports and recreation activities, injuries resulting from these activities pose an increasingly important public health concern.”
These injuries can include sprains, strains, fractures, and dislocations. Some are easily fixed with heat, ice, and rest—or a combination of all three—but others require skilled medical intervention. At Longview’s centralized Pacific Surgical Center (PSC), you’ll find outpatient surgical facilities for a number of specialty needs including sports medicine.
According to the CDC’s report, the majority of sports injuries happen to males between the ages of 5 and 24. While no surprise to mothers everywhere, fear shouldn’t keep you sidelined from basketball, wrestling, skiing, or snowboarding in the winter and soccer, track and field, or tennis in spring.
Typically, athletic injuries fall under the umbrella of PSC’s Orthopedics Care unit. “Our team of orthopedic surgeons offers advanced, minimally invasive treatment for most musculoskeletal (bone, muscle, joint, cartilage, ligament, etc.) disorders or injuries. Each doctor is highly trained and experienced and uses the latest surgical technologies across all orthopedic specialties.”
A one-stop-shop for many surgical needs, PSC hopes to “provide you with the surgical care you need, without requiring multiple office visits, copays and wait times. That’s because we offer truly comprehensive treatment across six different medical disciplines…all in one convenient location.”
We also strive to provide you with the highest level of personalized attention…totally focused on your individual needs. We customize our surgical care to be the most effective and appropriate for you, and then deliver it with compassion and dedication to help ensure you get the very best surgical outcomes. All of our physicians are handpicked—the best of the best. Each is a local community member committed to the people they treat. Unlike many other area healthcare facilities, PSC’s turnover is virtually nonexistent, as most physicians have been with us for a decade or more.
While it’s estimated that 1 in 3 American hospitalizations included surgery, such procedures account for nearly 50% of hospital costs. By simplifying the process, PSC offers “a very attractive alternative to hospital-based surgery, eliminating common concerns most people have. Your experience will involve exceptional care with easier access, more privacy, less paperwork, greater comfort and less stress than if your procedure were performed at a hospital.”
Unfortunately, research shows that 25% of Americans don’t seek medical care due to the high costs involved. But this can be especially dangerous when it comes to injuries in our children. Without proper follow-up, even small incidents can have lasting repercussions.
At Pacific Surgical Center, transparency pricing is a lifesaver to families with high deductible or catastrophic coverage plans or no insurance at all. By offering clear, up-front, all-inclusive pricing, patients find the out-patient process simple, seamless, and affordable.
The transparency pricing option is typically not used with traditional insurance, yet many patients discover they pay less out-of-pocket when choosing it for their procedure. Fees and services are clear and streamlined at PSC so your visit is as efficient as possible.
But many local insurance programs do consider PSC an in-network provider. No matter your policy—or understanding of the fine print—let our billing team help you every step of the way. We offer financial counseling, explain costs up front, and work with all parties involved.
Medical issues can be stressful, confusing, and often-times very overwhelming. But at PSC, we will do everything we can to ease your worries. If you’d like to request a visit with one of our specialists, simply call 360-442-7913 or fill out the online form and someone will be in touch.
With questions about transparency pricing, services offered, or paying your bill, stop by the Center at 625 9th Avenue in Longview or call 360-442-7900. You can even follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for the latest news, updates, and staff bios.
Whatever your motivation, exercise is crucial to a long, healthy life. If running, jumping, swimming, or playing leave you black-and-blue, remember the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). For anything beyond that (or if you’re just not sure), it’s probably best to try PSC instead.