Unique Publisher Collaboration Highlights How Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists Working Together Improves Patient Outcomes

Mar 04, 2013, 13:16 ET from The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Inc.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and NEEDHAM, Mass., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) and The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) have together published a Special Report today entitled It Takes a Team: Working Together Works for Patients.   This unique effort to highlight multidisciplinary integration and continuity of care for the betterment of patient outcomes in orthopaedics is being distributed to JBJS and JOSPT subscribers, but is of interest to all healthcare professionals and patients alike. It is also available to be downloaded at no cost through either journal.

The stories in this Special Report detail how collaborations among orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other clinicians—including physician assistants, nurses, and physiatrists--have improved outcomes, gotten patients back on their feet faster, and reduced complications. The settings are as diverse as the clinical teams involved – military hospitals, university sports-medicine departments, academic medical centers, and private group practices.

Cases include:

  • The triumphant University of Wisconsin quarterback who led his team to the Rose Bowl after three knee reconstructions
  • A West Point cadet whose leg—and military career—were saved by quick, collaborative decision making
  • The collaborative redesign of joint replacement procedures at a major Boston teaching hospital that resulted in two very different experiences for one patient
  • The return to active duty of two seriously injured Special Forces service men thanks to three-way collaboration between surgeons, physical therapists, and prosthetist
  • How an active eight grader had her painful hip problem solved with four physical therapy visits rather than surgery because of collaboration among a surgeon, physiatrist and physical therapist
  • Surgeons and physical therapists collaborating to develop concrete criteria for when ACL surgery is indicated (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences ) and post-ACL rehab milestones (University of Pittsburgh)
  • How surgeons at a private orthopaedic practice communicate long distance with physical therapists who treat postsurgical patients in distant locations

The full text of the report can be found here: sites.jbjs.org/ittakesateam and jospt.org/ittakesateam

Commenting on the significance of the report, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Dr. Vernon Tolo, has this to say: "This Special Report shines a light on the many opportunities those of us involved with musculoskeletal care have to work together for optimal patient treatment and recovery.   The collaboration between orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists can be successfully used in patients young and old, as exemplified in the individuals featured in this report.  It is clear to me as an orthopaedic surgeon that the successful result following surgery very frequently has a great deal to do with the postoperative physical therapy. I hope that this Special Report will stimulate both orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists to develop a closer working relationship to optimize the results from both our treatments."

Dr. Guy Simoneau, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, agrees. "The success stories described in this Special Report, covering a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, clinical settings, and surgical as well as non-surgical solutions, highlight the vital importance of effective and collaborative patient management on the part of the responsible healthcare team.  These case studies represent models of successful teamwork between orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists in particular.  I look forward to our respective communities working together to expand on and strengthen this alliance, in order to best serve our patients."

About JBJS, Inc.:
JBJS, Inc., is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in orthopaedic information. It publishes the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, which has been the most valued source of information for orthopaedic surgeons and researchers for over 100 years and is the gold standard in peer-reviewed scientific information in the field -- a core journal and essential reading for orthopaedic surgeons worldwide. Other publications include JBJS Case Connector, and the JBJS Orthopaedic Highlights subspecialty publications.


JOSPT publishes scientifically rigorous, clinically relevant content for physical therapists and others in the healthcare community to advance musculoskeletal and sports-related practice globally.  Now in its 34th year, the not-for-profit Journal strives to be the preeminent source of scientific evidence in musculoskeletal and sports-related rehabilitation and health for the global community.  JOSPT is the official journal of the Orthopaedic Section and the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).


SOURCE The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Inc.