DISCLAIMER:  Please note: This web site is for educational purposes only, and reflects the opinions of Dr. Wnorowski only.  Of course, opinions can vary in medicine.  The information contained herein should not be taken as a specific diagnostic opinion nor treatment recommendation.  All information represents generalizations and MAY NOT APPLY in a particular case.  Proper medical diagnosis and management depends upon an IN PERSON evaluation which includes a history, physical exam, and possibly lab and imaging studies, where indicated.  We DO NOT encourage self-treatment.  If you are concerned about an orthopedic problem, make an appointment with a qualified specialist in your area.

Please note: We cannot and do not communicate, diagnose, and treat specific patients and their problems over the Internet as dictated by HIPAA regulations. We will not provide advice for specific questions.  However, we would be glad to see you for a formal consultation via appointment in the usual fashion (see above).

Advice from the Medical Society of the State of New York: December 13, 2002: Physicians Should Only Email Patients That They Know.

Physicians should only conduct e-mail consultations if they have previously established a relationship with a patient, according to new guidelines announced on December 11, 2002. A consortium of national medical societies and malpractice carriers, known as the eRisk Working Group for Healthcare, developed the guidelines to limit the liability risks of communicating via e-mail. State medical licensing boards also participated in the development of the guidelines. State regulators have recently taken action against so-called “doc-in-the-box” services that provide online consultations and prescribe medications for patients they have never seen.




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