Medical Travel for the Athlete
In the past few months we have been getting a few calls from injured athletes looking for a faster solution to their medical problem. Athletes are tough individuals and can usually push through the pain, however, sometimes that is just not possible. Many times it requires medical attention that might include a diagnostic test or surgery in their future. It is difficult for an athlete to hear they need to have a specialist consult but cannot get in for 9 months. Or that they need to have a surgery but have to wait another 6 months. That is when we get a call inquiring about medical travel for a sports injury.
Athletes are people who are most likely in the best physical fitness you could imagine. Even for a non-professional athlete, if you are a consistent runner, swimmer, tennis player or softball player on a league just for fun, chances are your health is important to you. But even our most fit people can and do get injured.
Sitting on the sidelines watching your other team members continue to play can cause feelings of anger, frustration and even depression. Injuries not attended to can cause irreversible further damage, loss of muscle tone, the ability to be productive at school or work or potentially a long term disability. Knowing what your options are may give you the motivation to focus your energy on finding a solution so you can get back out there and play. Turning to a Medical Facilitator is one of those options.
Why A Medical Facilitator?
When you contact a Medical Facilitator, they listen to what your needs are. This will help you determine possible alternatives. They can offer suggestions such as getting your diagnostic test, ie. CT Scan or MRI, done at a private facility. The benefit of a private and fast diagnostics test is being able to get into the specialist sooner.
Not all provinces have a wait list a mile long, however, there are many that do. We recently had a young athlete contact us that had been waiting 6 months to see an orthopedic specialist, all the while in excruciating pain due to a shoulder injury. His appointment was scheduled for Feb 2019. That is a 1-year wait of being in pain knowing there will likely be another wait to have the surgery. Situations like this make it impossible for an athlete to grin and bear it.
Being proactive and seeking out other alternatives, such as private treatment are a great option. The cost to pay out of pocket might be minimal in the grand scheme of things when your livelihood and health are affected.
Contact Health Vantis if you or someone you know is stuck on the sideline waiting.