We’re Open: Coronavirus Clinic Update

Message from Dr. Patel:

As you likely have heard, there are new stay-at-home orders that have been reinstated for the majority of California through December. While I do not necessarily agree with the methodology of the mandate, I also believe that staying open without precautions is unwise. I do think that we are unreasonably focused on the number of infections which is ultimately inaccurate due to inappropriate testing, but the reality is that the false negative rate of testing is actually quite high which means SARS-Cov2 is probably more infectious than we realize. While that means that the death rate is likely in turn lower than what we are reporting, that does not minimize the amount of resources we have to spend to fight this illness, and does not change the fact that there may be long-term consequences for some people regardless of their initial symptom severity.

Putting aside the rise in the “number of cases,” I’m concerned about exhausting the front line. I have family and close friends who work in Emergency Departments and Primary Care offices in and outside of California from whom I have confirmed that there has truly been an increase in cases that are using up hospital resources. I spoke to a patient today that recently became infected over Thanksgiving, and I know of at least one other patient that was infected months ago and still has residual effects. The good news is that the mortality rate continues to stay fairly low due in part to the hard work and dedicated efforts of my colleagues, friends and family on the front line. The bad news is that we still do not fully understand this bug that truly does have a high rate of infection and seems to have system-wide inflammatory effects. 

I spoke about the potential long-term effects of COVID several months ago, and there have now been ample reports ranging from lingering respiratory conditions to joint and muscle pain! In fact, one study out of the UK demonstrated that out of positively infected people surveyed an average of 140 days after initial symptoms, 98% reported ongoing fatigue and 88% reported muscle pains! Here is a summary of “long-COVID” from the Mayo Clinic.

Overall, I don’t like California’s return to closures and stay-at-home mandates, but I do think we need to be cautious. We don’t need to panic. We don’t need to spread fear. But we need to recognize that we are still learning about the ‘Rona and in the meantime should still be careful. Unfortunately, the polarization of the nation means that most people either (a) want to open up the economy fully and neglect all safety measures, or (b) close the economy and mandate masks. The reality is that like most things in the world, we would probably benefit from finding a logical middle ground. For more information about current guidelines and recommendations, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 

Stay healthy,

Dr. Shounuck Patel

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As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we want to assure you that the Patel Center for Functional Regeneration will remain OPEN as an essential medical service. You do not have to suffer in pain. Because the health and well-being of our patients is our #1 priority, we continue to do VIRTUAL TELEMEDICINE VISITS for those who are sick, in at-risk groups, or who simply do not wish to come in office.

To make it easier for you or a loved one to get the help you need, we are offering COMPLIMENTARY TELEMEDICINE DISCOVERY SESSIONS for the remainder of December.

That said, we are still OPEN TO ALL PATIENTS for in-person appointments and our natural orthobiologic procedures as needed. We are maintaining our office’s MAXIMUM SAFE ZONE in order for us to help you, your friends and your family improve from your injuries or pain conditions without resorting to pain medications, dangerous cortisone or irreversible surgery that can all actually decrease your immunity.

In March, Dr. Patel made a consensus statement for physicians regarding responsible outpatient musculoskeletal and pain management medical practice during the COVID-19 pandemic – alongside colleagues from across the nation including members of USC Keck School of Medicine, Rutgers University, the Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation, Cornell University, and Baylor College of Medicine. In it, they outlined the importance of telehealth visits, the benefit and necessity of continuing the care of patients in pain, and the need to be cautious about the use of steroids (cortisone) due to the fact that they decrease immunity and increase risk of infection. Based on these and current up-to-date recommendations, we have implemented the following safety measures.

  • Limited Patient Flow 
    • We are continuing to limit the number of patients in-office and are still seeing the majority of our patients via telemedicine visits.
    • Our Arcadia office also has open air parking in a smaller medical building, therefore there is less foot-traffic in the building in general.
  • Rapid COVID Testing
    • Rapid 15-minute Antibody Tests via simple finger prick will show if you have previously or recently had the novel SARS-CoV2 virus that causes COVID-19.
      • We are using this test on all staff regularly to ensure we continue to be healthy for our patients
      • We are testing all higher risk patients and anybody who wishes to be tested
    • Nasal Swab PCR tests is recommended for any patient that we are concerned may have had recent exposure to COVID-19
  • Temperature and Questionnaire Screening
    • We are screening all staff daily for any symptoms or exposure
    • We screen patients before and on the day of office visits
  • Clinic Sterilization
    • UV-C HEPA filters to clean the air through our office
    • UV-C lights and sanitizer wipes to sterilize all surfaces between patients
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • All patients are required to wear a mask to their appointment
    • All staff wears PPE at all times

Have any questions for you or any of your loved ones? We are  here to help!  Please contact our office at  310-929-9790 orinfo@fxregencenter.com