The internet is a fascinating place. The amount of information available now is almost overwhelming. One of the problems I have encountered, though, is trying to figure out if the information, or more specifically the source of the information, can be trusted. There are individuals and organizations with all different motivations and backgrounds flooding cyberspace with their take on things. Some of this is genuine. Some of it is simply marketing. Some of it is hype or even outright lies. Before you read the content on this website, you should know who is providing this information and what my background is so you can decide if you think what you read here is worthwhile.
My name is Matt Davis. I am a practicing physician and orthopedic surgeon. I received my undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Biology. I studied at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to receive my Doctorate of Medicine. I underwent further training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to become an orthopedic surgeon. I am licensed to practice medicine in the state of Alabama and am Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
I have been in private medical practice since 2004 when I completed my training. I currently have an independent medical practice providing office-based evaluations and treatment of orthopedic conditions. I also perform inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures. As an orthopedic surgeon I treat a wide variety of orthopedic problems – ranging from ingrown toenails to knee replacements, from broken hips to carpal tunnel syndrome. You can visit my medical practice’s official website at www.mattdavisortho.com.
My practice philosophy is centered on education. I take time with patients to make sure I understand how their problem is affecting them. With this information, I am able to explain how they can affect their condition. Sometimes this simply involves modifying certain aspects of their daily routine or exercise program. Many of these adjustments are temporary and not permanent lifestyle changes. Other times the condition requires more active treatment – prescription medications or physical therapy. I believe that simple measures should be applied first and then more complicated methods if the problem persists. Some patients require surgery to adequately correct a problem. My knowledge and experience allows me to understand which patients must have surgery, which may need surgery, and which will not benefit from surgery. Even though I am trained as a surgeon, surgery is not all I do. In fact, I usually encourage patients to consider surgery as their last resort. My role as a physician is to explain to my patients what the treatment options are for their particular diagnosis, and offer my advice on which option I feel is most likely to succeed. I try to explain how different treatment methods might be applied and let my patient decide which method they would like to apply.
I believe that sharing my knowledge and my experience with my patients allows them to make better choices about the treatment they undertake. My hope is that sharing this knowledge with others, even people that I may never meet, will benefit them in the same manner. While I think it is perfectly reasonable to share my knowledge and experience over the internet, please understand that I am not trying to provide medical care via this website, blog, or any of the other media that I produce. Medical care requires a personal interaction and that is simply not possible in this arena. While I intend to respond to comments left by visitors and answer questions of a general nature, I cannot provide individual advice about specific situations or circumstances. If you feel like the information I provide here does not apply to your particular situation or if it is not effective in accomplishing your desired goals, find a local physician that can work with you one on one to address your concerns and difficulties. Or, if you live close enough, I would be happy to see you in my office for an individual evaluation.