This blog is excerpted from a Becker’s Spine Review article, written on January 27, 2021, by Alan Condon.
Florida’s population boom, tax-friendly nature and aging population all contribute to it becoming a key battleground for orthopedic practices.
The state’s population soared by more than 240,000 in 2020, second only to Texas, which gained almost 374,000 people, according to data published by the U.S. Census Bureau in December 2020.
Coinciding with this population explosion, two major orthopedic groups based in the Northeast recently expanded into the Sunshine State, with more expected to follow in the coming years, as Florida is expected to become arguably the biggest territory for orthopedic care.
“I think you’re going to see more orthopedic groups entering Florida in the future,” Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, president of Rothman Orthopaedics, told Becker’s. “Florida is a playground for the young and is a popular place to live as we age. It’s also a recreational community, so there’s a lot of sports-related injuries.”
As a warm-weather state, Florida has a big recreational community and a lot of sports-related injuries. It also has a lot of people with aging orthopedic problems such as total joint replacement and spinal stenosis.
“Floridians, as they age, stay as active as they were when they were younger,” according to Martin Roche, MD, director of hip and knee arthroplasty at HSS Florida. “I’m doing knee surgeries for people in their 80s that are playing pickleball, tennis and golf. The weather promotes a more active lifestyle, which their social bond with their friends and family is built around,” he said. “It’s also a much more tax-friendly state.” Florida is one of nine states that does not impose income tax on its residents.
Sports medicine and trauma specialists were among the practices hit hardest during the pandemic as shelter in place and social distancing regulations led to a decline in activity levels. However, Florida was among the first states to loosen restrictions on recreational and youth activities, among others, which adds to the appeal for orthopedic practices.
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To read the full Becker’s Spine Review article, click here: https://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic/item/51007-why-florida-is-becoming-a-major-battleground-for-orthopedics.html