A message to our patients regarding COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Dear Patients:

We understand and deeply respect that you may be concerned about COVID-19 infection in public places, even at our office. We want to assure you that our staff have further heightened our already extremely rigid sterilization standards in the office to reduce the risk of transmission to our outstanding team and to you, our valued patient.

If you have traveled outside of the country recently, had a fever, cough, respiratory illness and/or have been around someone who may have come in contact with COVID-19, please call to discuss your upcoming appointment and/or surgery with our office at 603-883-0091. Due to working in close proximity with all patients, we want to ensure we are taking necessary precautions to make the office a safe environment for everyone that we serve.

This is just one of the ways that we can show our care for you and everyone in our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center

 


 

Our Offices Are Still Open

New Hampshire Orthopedic Center remains open during the evolving situation with COVID-19. If you are scheduled for a upcoming visit and answer yes to any of the following questions, please contact our office to discuss your appointment:

  • Have you had recent fever over 100 degrees F?
  • Do you have a dry cough?
  • Do you have and breathing problem?

 


Milford Offices Is Temporarily Closed

Dear patients, during this time your safety is our priority. Please note that the Milford office is temporarily closed. Our other offices will remain open for service so if you are in need of urgent orthopaedic care please call: 603.883.0091.

 


 

A message to our patients regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center remains open during the COVID-19 outbreak at our Nashua, Manchester, Londonderry and Salem locations. Our community hospitals and urgent care centers are preparing for, and treating, cases of COVID-19 and have significantly limited their ability to treat orthopedic patients. To the extent possible, please do you part to avoid urgent care centers and hospital emergency departments for orthopaedic care so that patients with COVID-19 symptoms can be treated. Our MRI and Physical Therapy departments are continuing to see patients and perform scans. In addition, we are offering telemedicine services so that you can be treated by an orthopaedic provider without having to leave your home or health care facility.

We understand and deeply respect that you may be concerned about COVID-19 infection in public places, even at our office. We want to assure you that our staff have further heightened our already extremely rigid sterilization standards in the office to reduce the risk of transmission to our outstanding team and to you, our valued patient. Should you need to visit one of our offices, you have the option to wait outside or in your car and be notified via text message when your exam room is available after checking in with our staff.

If you have traveled outside of the country recently, had a fever, cough, respiratory illness and/or have been around someone who may have come in contact with COVID-19, please call to discuss your upcoming appointment and/or surgery with our office at 603-883-0091. Due to working in close proximity with all patients, we want to ensure we are taking necessary precautions to make the office a safe environment for everyone that we serve.

This is just one of the ways that we can show our care for you and everyone in our community. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center

Physicians: Eric R. Benson, MD, Bryan A. Bean, MD, Daniel P. Bouvier, MD, Peter M. Eyvazzadeh, MD, Andrew T. Garber, MD, Douglas M. Goumas, MD, Robert J. Heaps, MD, Kathleen A. Hogan, MD, Heather C. Killie, MD, Christian M. Klare, MD, John T. Lynn II, MD, Lance R. Macey, MD, Anthony R. Marino, MD, Marc J. Michaud, MD, Dinakar S. Murthi, MD, Gregory W. Soghikian, MD, Steve I. Strapko, MD, James C. Vailas, MD, Jinsong Wang, MD, PhD, Matthew W. Wilkening, MD

 


 

A Guide To Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we go about our daily routine. Social distancing has companies coming up with new ways to provide the same level of care and service, but in a newly presented package. At New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, we have a new solution for patients to see their specialists—whether it’s for a sprained wrist or a knee replacement consultation. Via telehealth, patients can chat with their physician from home through a video connection.

What is telehealth?

“Telehealth” refers to the broad category of electronic telecommunications technologies, including things like smartphone apps, while “telemedicine,” or video visits, are specific to remote doctor-patient services, allowing you to receive health care and services from your provider who is in a different location.

To participate in telemedicine, patients can use Facetime on their device (smart phone or tablet) or GoTo Meeting on their computer. When the appointment time comes, the patient and provider log in and talk to one another over a video connection.

How To Use FaceTime      How To Use GoToMeeting

 


What to do when your surgery is postponed

To save resources for severely ill COVID-19 patients, many non-urgent surgeries are being postponed. While an orthopaedic condition may be painful, it is usually not life-threatening and surgery can be safely postponed. View these simple tricks that can help alleviate your pain.

Nonsurgical treatments for orthopaedic conditions

Arthritis

  • Avoid activities that cause pain
  • Apply ice or heat to the affected joint
  • Use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory

Sports Injuries

  • Take anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use a knee support or knee brace
  • Avoid activities that involve pivoting, jumping or rapidly changing direction

Spine Problems

  • Avoid activities such as bending or lifting
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants

Carpal Tunnel

  • Wear a wrist splint at night
  • Take anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ask your doctor about a cortiscosteroid injection for pain relief