Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Low Back, Neck, Shoulder, Spine


Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Disability, Joint Replacement, Osteoporosis, Pain, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Trauma/Fractures

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My approach to treating patients

Welcome to the web site of Dr. Frank Petkovich.

As an experienced physician with more than 35 years of specialization in orthopedics, I take a highly personal approach to caring for my patients.

My practice specializes in general orthopedics including spinal surgery.

I have extensive experience in treating work related injuries and conditions. This includes a thorough examination of the patient and work history including causation of the injury. My goal in taking care of these patients, is to get them back to work, safely, as soon as possible.

I also have experience in medical legal issues. I provide second opinions and review of medical records.

I created this web site to familiarize you with my orthopedic practice, dedicated staff, and the services we provide.

Whether you're making the decision for orthopedic care, or would just like to expand your knowledge, I hope this site helps you become informed and more confident about the incredible realm of orthopedic treatments available.

I believe in meeting patients' individual needs through comprehensive evaluation and treatment designed to help them achieve an active, pain-free lifestyle. Many muscloskeletal conditions can be treated by non-surgical techniques-surgery is just one treatment option and is usually reserved for only those conditions that have failed all conservative methods. We combine leading edge techniques with proven methods to provide our patients with the best orthopedic care possible.

I work to develop a partnership with my patients. On my part, this begins with listening. One of the most important things I need to know is how the physical problem affects this patient's life. We develop a dialogue, through which my patients understand the diagnostic process, their own unique problem, their treatment choices, and the recovery process. Patients help to guide and direct the diagnostic and treatment activities.

I believe that knowledgeable patients make the best decisions about their own treatment. That is why I explain every step of the diagnostic process. Next, I want my patients to understand their conditions: How it developed and how various treatment approaches can improve or repair the problem. Many times, I will utilize models for this education. When we consider treatment alternatives, I present a realistic outlook on the results we can achieve. I'll also be frank about any risks that might be invloved. If a non-surgical option is available, I'll explain that avenue in depth.

Our purpose is to handle each and every patient visit with care and proficiency. It is also highly important to us that the doctor/patient relationship is open and honest. It is my responsibility to make sure patients are well informed about their conditions and the multiple choices of treatments. My professional staff and I will also provide you with patient education materials. (e.g., web sites, pamplets) that give you added appreciation of your condition and treatment options.

The best compliment I receive is when patients recommend me to one of their family members or freinds. My patient's trust is of utmost importance to me. Any injury causes you concern and anxiety - you may not know what is wrong and what needs to be done to correct your injury. My main approach to helping heal your injury is to keep you well informed - through diagolue between us and through external sources of information that are available.

Thank you for visiting this web site! If you'd like to learn more about my orthopedic practice, please click the "Patient Information and Office Forms" button on this web site.

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Contact Information

Petkovich Orthopedic and Spine Care, LLC 2821 North Ballas Road Suite C-70 St. Louis, MO USA 63131 View map Phone (314) 432-6500 Fax (314) 432-6502

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