Orthopedic FAQs

The frequently asked questions below are designed to answer the most common questions asked by our patients. You may also browse our website for more specific information. Should you have any further questions, please refer to our Contact page.

What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

An Orthopedic Surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, and any related painful conditions.

What is a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician)?

A Physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including neurological studies.

What is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician?

Primary care sports medicine physicians are leaders in the field of sports medicine. They are involved in research and education and also have a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. Either through advanced fellowship training or through years of clinical experience, primary care sports medicine physicians have learned the skills to take care of athletes of all ages, sports and levels of competition. Some of them serve as team physicians to professional sports teams or are personal physicians to elite level athletes. However, they all have experience in taking care of the collegiate or high school athlete and have a broad knowledge of most sports from team sports to extreme sports. Many sports medicine physicians also are or were athletes themselves and therefore have firsthand experience in how injuries and illnesses specifically affect athletes.

What is the difference between board eligible and board-certified?

When a physician has completed an orthopedic residency and/or fellowship training, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a written test to become board eligible. If the written test is passed, the physician becomes “eligible” to take the oral test, after two years in practice. When the physician passes the oral exam, the physician becomes “board certified” and is considered a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The intent of the certification process, as defined by the board members of the American Board of Medical Specialties, is to provide assurance to the public that a certified medical specialist has successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation, including an examination process designed to assess the knowledge, experience, and skills requisite to the provision of high quality patient care in that specialty.

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician Assistants see patients in the office, as well as assist the physicians in surgery.

What insurance does OAM accept? How will I know if my insurance covers therapy?

No Third-Party Billing


Most Common insurances we Accept/Participate with include:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Cigna Healthcare
  • Connecticare
  • Maskin Management (school insurance)
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Insurance
  • United Healthcare

If you do not see your insurance listed or if you would like to verify your coverage, please call us at (860) 347-7636.

What happens on my first visit?

During your first visit you can expect to be evaluated by your therapist, who will assess your current problem or complaints, and work out a treatment plan to help you meet the goals and objectives set by you, your physician and your therapist.

What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?

Private Insurance:

  • Driver's License or ID
  • Insurance card
  • Insurance referral if applicable
  • Copay
  • Print and complete paperwork from website

Self Pay:

  • Driver's license or ID
  • $250.00 towards charges
  • Print and complete paperwork from website

No Fault:

  • Driver's license or ID
  • Medpay letter from Auto Insurance Company
  • Private insurance information/Card
  • Copay
  • Attorney information if applicable
  • Print and complete paperwork from website

Worker's Comp:

  • Driver's license or ID
  • Worker's Compensation authorization and information
  • Private insurance card
  • Attorney information if applicable
  • Print and complete paperwork from website

Payment Plans:

  • A signed payment plan can be arranged for self-pay patients.
How should I dress?

You should wear or bring comfortable, loose fitting clothing.

How long will my visit take?

Expect to spend about 45-60 minutes on your initial visit. Follow-up visits will vary depending upon your plan of care.

Common questions asked at Orthopedic Associates of Middletown

Did You Know?

Musculoskeletal conditions include injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, or tendons and conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1998-2006. Data obtained from: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for Health Statistics.