Michael Johnson, P.A.-C., is a certified physician assistant who specializes in orthopedic surgery. He currently sees patients in Alpena as a member of the MidMichigan Physicians Group Orthopedic Surgery team. He was attracted to the field of orthopedics because the specialty allows him to help people get back to doing the things they enjoyed before they were injured or in pain.
Philosophy of Care
According to Michael, he likes to include his patients in their care as much as possible through education and empowerment. “This helps them better understand their overall recovery process,” he said. “After they’ve completed their therapy, I like to follow-up with my patients to see how they’ve learned to become independent again and manage their condition. The goal is to help get my patients back to the things they enjoyed previously, as quickly and safely as possible.”
Michael said that the most rewarding part of his job is being able to see a patient in the grocery store that could hardly walk before, but now they are back on their feet and happy to tell you how satisfied they are. “One of the things that happens when you’re in a relatively rural setting is getting to spend a lot of time with patients and becoming involved in every aspect of their care,” he added. “The care is not parceled out to other sub-specialists, which keeps their care local and our practice involved every step of the way.”
Special Interests and Procedures
In addition to providing general orthopedic care, Mike specializes in administering cortisone injections to patients to help relieve their pain, inflammation and arthritis. “These injections are a good for helping people return to normal activities and get them moving again,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to see improvements quickly.”
Mike and his wife Stephanie have two teenage children, Trevor and Meg, as well as a toddler, Emrie. In his free time, Mike enjoys wood working, and spending time outside boating, swimming and biking.