Stay off the sideline

Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery experts can help

MARQUETTE — Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply want to have a more active lifestyle, the sports medicine specialists at Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery have got you covered. “We will treat anyone, at any fitness level,” says Dale Moilanen, Chief Operating Officer at Advanced. “The whole point is to get people to where they can be more active, into activities that can improve their health and therefore improve their quality of life,” adds Moilanen.

The physicians at Advanced are proud participating providers of the Sideline to Sideline program. The program is a team approach to sports medicine that has drawn together a regional consortium of providers to coordinate care from the point of injury to returning to play. Sideline to Sideline integrates sports medicine professionals through the entire continuum of care, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, primary care doctors and orthopedic surgeons. The program currently helps injured athletes from 13 UP high schools get back in the game as smoothly and safely as possible.

Dr. Bryan Dixon, who graduated from the South Bend-Notre Dame Sports Medicine Fellowship, primarily deals with non-surgical sports medicine problems. “One of the main goals we had as a group was to establish a regional outreach program that brings the best care to athletes and active people,” Dr. Dixon said. “Sideline 2 Sideline does that. Together we can provide cutting edge, coordinated care for athletes across the Upper Peninsula and beyond. We get patients from all over, from downstate, from Chicago, from Colorado. What we do and how we deliver care is unique and not offered in many other places.” adds Dixon.

Dr. Timothy Neuschwander, an orthopedic surgeon who also specializes in sports medicine at Advanced, says Sideline to Sideline has been well received.

“It’s very good for the athlete because it removes barriers to care,” Dr. Neuschwander said. “We can get them in same-day, quickly obtain imaging such as x-ryas or MRI scans, often only hours removed from the injury.”

The Great Lakes Sports Medicine and Life Performance Institute, where physicians with Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery operate the Sideline to Sideline program, a team approach to sports medicine that integrates various experts like athletic trainers, physical therapists, primary care doctors and orthopedic surgeons. (Courtesy photo)

Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery’s new facility at 841 West Washington Street in Marquette, is specifically designed to provide sports medicine services. “Our new office has become a destination center for athletes and active people,” Dr. Dixon said. “We have streamlined the appointment process and provide in-house diagnostic services like digital radiography and ultrasound.” The facility also contains office space for a number of other sports medicine related practices including: Perform 4 Life, a state-of-the art medical fitness and wellness center; UP Health System Rehab Services; a HydroWorx, aquatic therapy pool; and Northern Michigan University’s Kinesiology and Exercise Oncology research lab. The collaboration amongst these providers brings physician care, diagnostic studies, rehabilitation, medical fitness, research and education together under one roof.

“There’s a specific purpose for each practice in here,” said Dale Moilanen. “And it’s not just for sports injuries, but for medical conditions which potentially have an impact on a person’s overall health. That means our patients are better prepared for dealing with surgery and can stay active despite having to deal with medical problems,” Moilanen said.

Dr. Neuschwander is also very pleased with how the setup has worked out. “It’s been nice working with the other practitioners and we can check on our patients as they are getting treatment,” he said. “And having the Northern’s research lab here will result in ongoing research collaborations.” Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery are also the “Orthopaedic Physicians of NMU Athletics”, providing comprehensive sports medicine care to NMU and Olympic Education Center student-athletes.

The new Washington Street facility has been open since March and its formal name is Great Lakes Sports Medicine and Life Performance Institute. For more information, call 906-225-1321 or visit advancedorthoandplastics.com.

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