They have been part of the U.S. healthcare system since the 1960’s. Physician Assistants (Pas) are licensed or certified health professionals who provide a broad range of medical and surgical services in the direction of a physician.
PAs can diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries
Our PAs work in partnership with our physicians to help ensure that we provide our patients with efficient and effective care.
What is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)
A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed advanced coursework and clinical education beyond that required by an RN role. They have acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice.
Whenever one of our qualified PAs or NPs is seeing patients in the office, during hospital rounds or when assisting in surgeries, the supervising physician is immediately available for consultation either in person or by telephone.
Meet Our Team
At Colonial Orthopaedics, your clinical team may include your physician, his/her licensed nurse practitioner, and/or a physician assistant. You may work with a physical therapist, or depending on your condition, a member of the hand therapy staff.
Sometimes you may be examined and cared for primarily by a physician assistant, who works in conjunction with your orthopaedic surgeon in the office, at the hospital, and during surgery.