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In a split second, an accident, injury, or disease can shift your world to the unexpected. Bone, muscle, and joint injuries demand attention. Dr. John Atwater at our Vero Beach clinic provides safe, effective, tailored treatment plans that fit your needs. The right orthopedic doctor can help you get back to yourself. Let’s get started!

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Dr. John Atwater Mission for OSA

The OSA – Vero Beach mission is to provide compassionate orthopedic surgical care to clients, while effectively coordinating with referring providers and/or personal injury attorneys to help each client reach maximum medical improvement with a safe and effective treatment plan tailored to his or her needs and preferences.


Why it Matters to Dr. John Atwater

Health literacy is a person’s ability to obtain, process, and understand health information and services so he or she can make the appropriate medical decisions. Currently, only 12% of adults have proficient health literacy, and 36% have below basic health literacy. Patients who are unable to understand their condition and manage it properly experience more anxiety, heightened fear, and low confidence in their ability to manage their pain.

The pain population needs restorative healthcare that will improve quality of life. At OSA, your specialized orthopedic doctor, Dr. John Atwater, and his team of surgical specialists and physical therapists are committed to treating and educating you with tailored care plans and easy access to health information through our website and video library.

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The Impact On You

According to a 2006 survey by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), 59% of chronic pain patients reported a decline in their overall enjoyment of life, with more than 77% of patients experiencing depression. About 70% of patients had difficulty concentrating, 74% had decreased energy levels, and 86% had sleep disturbances. Furthermore, the risk of comorbid conditions such as opioid abuse, anxiety, heart disease, and obesity is significantly higher in pain patients than those without pain. Your orthopedic doctor at OSA will be your partner in health to help you avoid some of these problems.

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The Impact On Society

Bone, joint, and muscle pain is one of the most common causes of disability. More than 130 million Americans have a painful disorder of the muscles, bones, or joints. Pain is a significant public health and safety concern for Americans regarding cost, quality of life, productivity, and mobility. In 2011, the annual cost of treatment and lost wages was approximately $213 billion.

More than 300 peer-reviewed studies show that higher health literacy and patient engagement are the keys to improved health outcomes.

Read More at Science Daily and Pain Medicine News

Orthopedic & Physical Therapy Blog

Spinal Fusion Surgery | What to Expect

Spinal fusion surgery is one of the most common types of back surgery. We perform the spinal fusion procedure with the intention of correcting specific problems in the spine. Many people find it easier to look at spinal fusion surgery as welding of the spine if you will. We typically recommend this type of surgery […]

Neck Surgery | When Neck Pain Becomes Too Much

Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain people face on a daily basis, and many of these cases lead to neck surgery. The pain can present itself in many different ways, impacting any of the seven cervical vertebrae that connect the skull to the thoracic spine. While the first thing you […]

Tips to Help Treat Text Neck Pain

If you’ve never heard of text neck before, that’s about to change. Also referred to as tech neck, text neck pain is the latest body ailment to plague young and old alike. As you may have guessed, text neck refers to a repetitive stress injury which happens when your head is hung forward, looking down […]

What is Text Neck, and How Does it Cause Pain?

Look around next time you are at a local coffee shop or doctor’s office – chances are you will see many people immersed in their cell phone, tablet, or another wireless device. Over the years, we have become a society reliant on technology and a host of modern devices. While we certainly enjoy how technology […]

Even MORE Scary Hospital Stories

Halloween is officially here, which means it’s time to embrace your spooky side and get in the mood for some ghoulishly scary hospital stories. Last week we looked at our top five hospital ghost stories, but there were so many to choose from, we thought we’d tell you about some of our other favorites. Whether […]

Top 5 Spooky Hospital Ghost Stories

Working in a hospital or other medical setting can be scary, for many different reasons. Not only are you constantly exposed to death and dying, but some of the events that take place can be seriously creepy. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that hospitals are ripe with ghost stories. Doctors, […]

What To Do After a Car Accident

A car accident can happen in an instant, and they happen every single day, ranging from minor fender benders to far more serious accidents that result in debilitating injuries. While a majority of the estimated six million accidents that take place annually in the United States only involve physical damage to the vehicles, one in […]

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