Frequently Asked Questions

What types of conditions do the orthopaedic providers at Bone & Joint treat?
Do you always recommend surgery?
What non-surgical treatments might be available for my specific problem?
What is the difference between fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and those without fellowship training?
What does it mean to be board-certified?
Do all surgeons have to be board-certified to perform surgery?
How do the sports medicine physicians at Bone & Joint differ from primary care or non-surgical orthopaedic doctors?
What if I'm an injured athlete?
How is Bone & Joint different?
What insurances does Bone & Joint accept?

 


What types of conditions do the orthopaedic providers at Bone & Joint treat?

We treat a wide variety of disorders involving all areas of the musculoskeletal system—bones, joints and connective tissues. We provide care for degenerative diseases like arthritis, sports injuries, fractures, sprains, ligament tears, structural abnormalities, sciatica, herniated disc, degenerative disc disease and many other types of orthopaedic conditions.


Do you always recommend surgery?

No. Many conditions we see can be treated without surgery. After we make a diagnosis, we will discuss your condition and the treatment options with you. We will recommend the least invasive non-surgical treatment that put you on the path to healing.


What non-surgical treatments might be available for my specific problem?

We have several non-surgical treatments available in our clinic. Depending on your condition, we may be able to treat you with different medications, such as muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers. We may be able to relieve your symptoms through physical therapy, activity modification or joint injections. If you are still experiencing pain, we may refer you to one of our pain management specialists for care.


What is the difference between fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and those without fellowship training?

Orthopaedic surgeons can successfully perform general orthopaedic surgery with the training they receive during their internship and residency training programs. Fellowship training helps surgeons gain additional training, experience and advanced skills in their specific area of orthopaedic interest.


What does it mean to be board-certified?

Surgeons and other healthcare providers earn board certification by successfully completing training from an accredited program and completing a series of rigid written and oral examinations. However, a physician cannot take these examinations until he or she has been in practice for two full years. Doctors who choose to become board-certified have mastered the skills they learned during their residency training programs.


Do all surgeons have to be board-certified to perform surgery?

No. Board certification is optional. Not all surgeons are able or interested in becoming board-certified.


How do the sports medicine physicians at Bone & Joint differ from primary care or non-surgical orthopaedic doctors?

Sports medicine-orthopaedic doctors typically received their medical degrees in the disciplines of family medicine, pediatrics or internal medicine. They are often primary care physicians who have a special interest in caring for active people and athletes of all ages. The sports medicine providers at Bone & Joint have advanced training that allows them to diagnose and treat injuries and other orthopaedic health issues. Sports medicine specialists care for people who have limited mobility due to injury or illness. They also care for athletes who have been injured during sporting events or other activities.

Our primary care orthopaedic physician, Dr. Messerly, is not an orthopaedic surgeon; rather, he specializes in non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. He refers people to orthopaedic surgeons and other specialists when surgery is needed. Dr. Messerly has completed a sports medicine fellowship and a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine.

He is one of eight sports medicine specialists on our team.


What if I'm an injured athlete?

Our doctors specialize in sports-related injuries and in working with athletes of any age. And because they enjoy being active, they realize how important it is to get you back to your sport. They understand return-to-play requirements and work with athletes, team physicians, trainers, coaches and others to get athletes back in the game as quickly and as safely as possible.


How is Bone & Joint different?

Bone & Joint is a multi-specialty clinic that has pain management, sports medicine and orthopaedic experts from many specialty areas working together in one place.

From sports medicine, orthopaedic physicians, surgeons, pain management specialists and physician assistants, to athletic trainers and podiatrists, your diagnosis and treatment take place in one convenient location with the collaboration of an entire team of experts.

You receive high-quality, continuous care—doctor to physical therapist—in a timely manner. And because we understand some muscle and joint concerns just can't wait, we have expanded our Walk-in Care department.

 


Which insurance plans does Bone & Joint accept?

Bone & Joint accepts many types of insurance plans. Please review the list to see if your insurance carrier is listed.

If you do not see your insurance carrier listed, please call 800.445.6442 and ask to speak with a verification-of-benefits specialist. Since we are classified as an orthopedic and pain management specialist, we can sometimes obtain an out-of-network authorization for you.

Please note: If you purchased insurance through the Marketplace -- the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or ObamaCare -- please call us. We'll make sure we are contracted by your plan. 

 

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724 South 8th St.
Medford, WI 54451
715.748.2663

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100 Eagle Dr.
Merrill, WI 54452
715.536.7181

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1767 Park Ave.
Plover, WI 54467
715.344.1260

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5200 Hummingbird Rd.
Wausau, WI 54401
715.359.6442

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