By Lynda Jensen
OTSEGO, MN Twin Cities Orthopedics celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 11,000 square foot orthopedic clinic in Otsego Thursday.
The clinic, located just southeast of the new Target, is scheduled for completion in late fall, and will bring to the community another level of orthopedic and sports medicine care.
The ceremony was attended by Twin Cities Orthopedics physicians and administrators, Otsego Mayor Jessica Stockamp, and other officials from building project partners.
Twin Cities Orthopedics is composed of a group of five physicians that serve the Elk River, Otsego and surrounding communities: Kurt D. Anderson, MD, David R. Edwards, MD, Patrick F. O'Keefe, MD, Guy J. Rudin, MD, and Paul C. Biewen, MD.
The clinic was formerly known as Orthopedic Consultants, has been serving the Elk River, Otsego and the surrounding communities since 1993.
From diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation to prevention of further orthopedic injuries and conditions, Twin Cities Orthopedics physicians will be able to follow patients throughout the entire healing process.
Orthopedics in itself is a growing field. One in two adults reported a chronic musculoskeletal condition in 2005, twice the rate of reported chronic circulatory (heart condition) or respiratory conditions, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
The aging boomer generation, persons aged 45 to 64, account for an increasingly greater proportion of total musculoskeletal disease treatment cost and lost wages, a trend that will continue for the next several decades.
The new clinic is being built exclusively for treating orthopedic patients, meaning everything in its design will be catered to providing the best possible care for orthopedic patients.
The facility will include state-of-the-art MRI and x-ray imaging technology, cutting down on the time spent waiting for diagnostic results.
More specifically, the physicians practicing in Otsego are subspecialty trained in sports medicine, joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, hand and wrist care, shoulder and elbow care, foot and ankle care, hip and knee care and spine care. The new clinic will feature clinical exam rooms, MRI, physical therapy, X-ray and prosthetics and orthotics.
To complete this project, Twin Cities Orthopedics has and will continue to work with several partners:
• RJM Construction (construction).
• Sperides Reiners Architects, Inc. (architect)
• Frauenshuh Commercial Real Estate Group (project development)
• NorthMarq (site selection).
For more information, go to www.tcomn.com/otsego.