Leading Hand, Wrist and Elbow Specialist of Methodist Hospital, Dr. David Hildreth, Launches New Website and Educational Tool for Patients

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Removing traditional doctor-patient barriers and matching technological advances with changing patient needs, new interactive website goes live.

Medical visits can be daunting and the administrative process tedious. We wanted to make the experience as positive as possible for our patients. This website familiarizes them with our office staff and addresses many of their initial questions and concerns before they actually come in for their scheduled visit

Dr. David H. Hildreth, orthopedic surgeon and one of the foremost authorities on hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions at The Methodist Hospital, recognized the changing needs of patients and his medical staff and established a new interactive website, http://www.davidhildrethmd.com .

The website now provides patients with educational material specific to their injury or condition, patient forms, online staff contact, and photo illustrated procedures and rehabilitation exercises. And a feature unique to Dr. Hildreth's website is a custom-designed interactive model that allows patients to explore the areas in which they experience pain and view the possible injuries and conditions that may affect that area.

Online patient forms further simplify the medical visit for patients and streamline office processes as well.

"Medical visits can be daunting and the administrative process tedious. We wanted to make the experience as positive as possible for our patients. This website familiarizes them with our office staff and addresses many of their initial questions and concerns before they actually come in for their scheduled visit," said Dr. David Hildreth.

"This creates a greater comfort level and relieves the anxiety often associated with medical visits. And removing stress can only aid in treatment and recovery," he added.

Dr. Hildreth and his staff have already received positive feedback on the website and the valuable resource it has become for patients, who are able to view a procedure and the operating room before they undergo a similar treatment - as well as review rehabilitation exercises initially demonstrated by the physical therapist, as a visual reminder of movement or sequence.

Renowned for his work on small bone and joint injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist and elbow, Dr. Hildreth is frequently asked to speak at conferences within the medical community and is an associate professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at The Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell University.

Dr. Hildreth's research on Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and Median Nerve Compression Neuropathy was recently featured at the 12th Annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Hand Therapists. And his findings as a lead investigator in the research study, A Clinical Study of the HealthTronics OssaTron Extracorporeal Shock Waves for the Treatment of Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis was showcased at the 2007 Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (IFSSH), Hand in Hand, Sydney, Australia.

He is a published author and ranked among H Texas magazine's list of Top Docs and recently featured in a special Newsweek magazine orthopedic care section. Board certified by the American board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand (CAQ), Dr. Hildreth is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Log onto http://www.davidhildrethmd.com to learn more.

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