Need an Orthopedic Specialist? 3 Qualities to Seek in a Provider

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or simply enjoy a recreational activity or two, you may be in need of orthopedic care at some point due to an injury. Here’s what you should look for when choosing an orthopedic specialist:

1 – Training

“I believe the surgeon’s training is an important factor, and if they are board certified and maintaining the continuing medical education for continued board certification,” said David Pope, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health. Dr. Pope is fellowship trained in sports medicine and specializes in advanced arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, including complex ligament repair of the knee, rotator cuff repair and stabilization of shoulder injuries.

2 – Availability

Having care available when you need it is also important. “We are currently offering full-service orthopedics five days a week in Spruce Pine, as well as Burnsville on one of those days,” said Dr. Pope. “We’re capable of treating the majority of orthopedic issues at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, but I am also associated with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates if added expertise is needed.”

3 – Personal Care

When you’re injured, you want to know that your provider will take the time to explain your injury and the treatment required. “The biggest factor, I think, is spending time with the patient and letting them know you care about their problem or injury,” said Dr. Pope. “Being available to answer questions and responding to problems that may arise during the course of their treatment in a timely fashion.”


David Pope, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health.

Mission Community Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is located at 189 Hospital Drive in Spruce Pine.

To schedule an appointment, call (828) 766-3555, or to learn more about Mission Orthopedics, visit mission-health.org/boneandjoint [1].