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COVID-19: Information for Patients

The resources and Ortho-pinions described below have been developed by members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other credible sources to help support patients who are facing the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.  This page will be updated regularly as information related to the pandemic is added to the OrthoInfo website.

COVID-19 and Elective Surgery

What to Do If Your Orthopaedic Surgery Is Postponed
Qué hacer si se pospone su cirugía ortopédica 
Due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals have postponed elective orthopaedic surgeries to help ensure that resources are available for patients who need them. Available in both English and Spanish, this OrthoInfo article describes some things you can do to help alleviate painful symptoms until your surgery can be rescheduled.

Questions and Answers for Patients Regarding Elective Surgery and COVID-19
Preguntas y respuestas de pacientes acerca de la cirugía opcional y la COVID-19 
In many cities and states, nonessential orthopaedic surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now resuming. Available in both English and Spanish, this OrthoInfo resource was developed to help address questions and concerns patients may have about the impact of COVID-19 on their rescheduled procedures.

Ortho-pinions from AAOS Member Surgeons

Can the Cornonavirus Affect My Bones and Joints?
While the coronavirus is not known to cause any permanent damage to bones or joints, Stuart J. Fischer, MD, FAAOS, discusses how the muscle pain it causes could be mistaken for a musculoskeletal condition or make an arthritic joint feel worse.

Office Visits and Orthopaedic Care After COVID-19
Lance M. Silverman, MD, FAAOS, looks at how changes brought about by COVID-19 have led to new "best practices" for office visits and the more widespread use of technology in providing patient care.

Keeping Kids Active During COVID-19
Many families are purchasing new outdoor toys and play equipment to keep kids active and entertained while sheltering at home. Here, Corinna C.D. Franklin, MD, FAAOS, offers simple tips for parents to help prevent broken bones and other injuries during backyard play.

Is It Safe to See My Orthopaedic Surgeon During the Pandemic?
Jason L. Koh, MD, MBA, FAAOS, discusses how, even during this challenging time, orthopaedic surgeons continue to provide safe and effective care for patients via telemedicine and in-person office visits. 

Staying Fit and Active During COVID-19
Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD, FAAOS, discusses how, with gyms closed and in-person fitness activities cancelled, sheltering at home presents a unique opportunity for people of all fitness levels to find new ways to keep moving.

Resuming Orthopaedic Surgery After COVID-19
Nonessential orthopaedic surgeries are starting to resume in some cities and states, but they may look different than they did before the pandemic.  Karen M. Sutton, MD, FAAOS, looks at some of the changes that patients can expect when they go in for their rescheduled procedures. 

Orthopaedic Care During the COVID-19 Crisis: Clinical Options Instead of the ER
Matthew J. Matava, MD, FAAOS, looks at why, for broken bones and other acute injuries during the pandemic, it may be safer, more cost-effective, and quicker to visit an orthopaedic injury clinic for treatment, rather than an emergency room or urgent care center.

What Should I Do If I Have a Bone or Joint Infection During the Pandemic?
Lew C. Schon, MD, FAAOS, describes the symptoms of bone and joint infections and highlights the precautions that orthopaedic surgeons are taking to safely diagnose and treat infections  during the pandemic.

Can Doing Too Much (or Not Enough) Exercise While Sheltering at Home Be Harmful?
Dustin J. Schuett, DO, FAAOS,  looks at cardiovascular activities that can be done at home while sheltering in place, and offers advice on how to protect your bones and joints when starting a new routine.

How Has COVID-19 Changed the Way Orthopaedists Take Care of Patients?
With many adult and pediatric elective surgeries postponed due to the pandemic, Julie B. Samora, MD, MPH, PhD., FAAOS, discusses how orthopaedists are currently focusing on treating urgent injuries and determining how to evaluate and treat non-urgent issues in the safest manner possible.

 

Real Challenges in Taking Care of Orthopaedic Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer M. Weiss, MD, FAAOS, discusses how orthopaedic surgeons continue to provide safe and effective treatment for their patients in the midst of what has become the "new normal."

Communication Is Key: Continuing Your Patient Care During COVID-19
Stuart J. Fischer, MD, FAAOS, looks at how video conferencing, FaceTime, and other telehealth tools can be used to communicate with your orthopaedic surgeon during the pandemic.

Other COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Animation
Developed by Visual Health Solutions, this helpful 3-minute animation shows how COVID-19 is spread from person to person, describes the symptoms of the disease, and illustrates its impact on the body.

CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website
The Centers for Disease Control has created this helpful website to provide patients and healthcare professionals with the most recent updates about COVID-19.

AAOS COVID-19 Member Resource Center
 On its website, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has created a hub where member surgeons can easily access a wide range of relevant and credible COVID-19 resources and information.

Last Reviewed

May 2020

AAOS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products, or physicians referenced herein. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, or locate one in your area through the AAOS Find an Orthopaedist program on this website.