Protocols are used in healthcare to improve patient safety as well as treatment outcomes.
In orthopaedics, protocols help guide both healthcare professionals and patients in making informed decisions in order to achieve a desired outcome.
In orthopaedic conditions, protocols are commonly based on the input of multiple sources such as research as well as consensus statements of knowledgeable healthcare professionals in orthopaedics or physiotherapy.
Given the skills and experience of a physiotherapist or a surgeon, protocols are not rigid rules – instead they allow for modifications by healthcare professionals based on a patient’s unique clinical presentation.
Unfortunately many patients undergoing non-surgical and surgical care are not provided with a protocol to follow – which can affect decision making and result in undesired outcomes (i.e. problems, complications).
Two common reasons for undesired outcomes in orthopaedics include; (1) inadequate, excessive or inappropriate protection at the site of injury or surgery in the initial healing phase as well and/or (2) delayed, premature, inadequate or inappropriate rehabilitation or physical activity.
The goal of OrthopaedicProtocols.com is to provide healthcare professionals and patients with access to non-surgical and post-surgical treatment protocols.
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Terry Kane, PT / OrthopaedicsCanada.com