Orthopedist’s Day draws attention to movement specialist

For 87 years, since the Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SBOT) was created, September 19 is known as Orthopedist’s Day. The professional, who specializes in the musculoskeletal system, takes care of injuries, spinal diseases, degenerative conditions, trauma resulting from sports practice and congenital problems, among others.

“There is a famous saying that life is movement. What the orthopedist does is to preserve the movement, eventually making patients who had some illness or trauma return to better levels of activity”, explains the president of SBOT, Jorge Silva.

According to him, the date is important not only to celebrate the professional, but also to emphasize the importance of the doctor who underwent the examination for the title of specialist — the idea is that the patient seeks a qualified professional to have access to the best treatment. The branch today is divided into several subspecialties, and it is important to look for the right professional to improve the patient’s quality of life.

Silva says that the main difficulty of the category in the public health service is that not all the most modern procedures were incorporated, creating a distortion between the treatment offered in the SUS and in the private network. “There is also a need to correct values ​​in the SUS table and the payment of fees for these treatments”, says the president of SBOT.

In supplementary health, the main complaint is regarding the remuneration of the professional, especially those who perform surgical procedures — health plans still do not pay an adequate amount for the therapy applied.

Prevention

When you think of orthopedics, usually the patient already has a problem — an injury, injury, or chronic illness. However, the president of SBOT explains that there is also an arm of the entity that bets on prevention. Information is the best way to avoid problems: knowing the right backpack weight in children, exercise performed correctly or bone health care for the elderly are essential.

“SBOT has a series of actions and the orthopedist can do this work in the office”, says Silva.

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