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Care Team

At El Camino Health, we take a team approach to healthcare. Your orthopedic care team consists of dedicated professionals from varied disciplines and diverse areas of specialization. 

At El Camino Health, our orthopedic experts and other specialists work as a team to offer you comprehensive care. From preventive care and education to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, our professionals collaborate with another and share their knowledge, experience and perspectives to bring you the best care. 

Nurses play a leading role in your care. Our nurses have earned national recognition for excellence in nursing services — the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded El Camino Health Magnet designation. Many of our nurses have advanced expertise, including professional certifications in specialized areas of care. 

Your El Camino Health orthopedic care team may include these and other specialists:

  • Anesthesiologists – Doctors who administer medications to control pain and support vital functions during surgery. 
  • Hospitalists – Doctors who specialize in hospital medicine and medical care for people who are hospitalized. This focus allows hospitalists to better understand and respond to various day-to-day needs during your hospital stay. 
  • Nurses – Skilled specialists who take a leading role in your care. They may assist doctors with patient care and treatment delivery, in addition to helping patients and families cope with sickness, diseases and disorders.
  • Occupational therapists – Healthcare professionals who help people with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities develop skills to live as independently as possible. They can help you learn how to cope with daily activities or recommend changes to preserve your independence. 
  • Orthopedic surgeons – Surgeons who specialize in diagnosing and treating bone, muscle, joint, tendon or ligament conditions or injuries, and providing rehabilitation suggestions and prevention tips.
  • Pain management specialists – Professionals who work as part of the team to provide customized pain management therapies.
  • Physician assistants – Healthcare providers who practice medicine in partnership with doctors and provide medical care for various health conditions. In addition, they can help you understand your treatment plan and answer your questions.
  • Physiatrists – Doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They focus on helping people restore abilities that have been limited by disease, disorders or injuries.  
  • Physical therapists – Healthcare professionals who help people recover from disease or injury-related setbacks. They provide balance and gait (walk) retraining, wheelchair safety and management, exercise programs, family education and training, pain relief and management, and safety education.
  • Podiatrists – Doctors who specialize in foot conditions and can prescribe medication, assistive devices and other therapy, as well as perform surgery. For example, a podiatrist can recommend special supportive shoes or orthotics (shoe inserts) to treat arthritis.
  • Program coordinators – Registered nurses who oversee orthopedic and spine health, and provide information about our services, including doctor referrals when needed to find the right specialist for you. 
  • Rheumatologists – Doctors who specialize in treating arthritis and other inflammatory diseases that can affect joints, muscles, bones, skin and other tissues. 
  • Sports medicine specialists – Doctors with specialized training and expertise in muscle and bone injuries and other problems affecting athletes.

Your Opinion Matters

Because your comfort and well-being are important to us, we encourage you to take an active part in your care and welcome your feedback. Nurse managers are available to speak with you, and you may also call or write the patient experience team at 650-962-5836 or patient_experience@elcaminohealth.org.

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