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Meet Denver’s Shoulder Specialist Dr. Lucas Schnell | Snowboard & Ski Injuries

Meet Denver’s Shoulder Specialist Dr. Lucas Schnell | Snowboard & Ski Injuries


Growing up in Colorado, outdoor
sports were a big deal in my life, including skiing and now I snowboard.
Um, being an orthopedic surgeon, working on shoulders and knees and hips, it’s really important as a snowboarder
and knowing the importance of what those joints do for you as you
go down the mountain. So many come in with clavicle
fractures, shoulder fractures, and uh, I think it’s good to have firsthand
experience as a snowboarder to relate with my patients. My name is Luke Schnell. I’m an orthopedic surgeon and shoulder
specialist at the center for spine orthopedics and Thorton, Colorado. When dealing with conditions that
my patients are challenged with, one of the most important things to me
is that they’re educated on the problem that they have and that we have a team
effort in order to work through it together. Something that most people don’t know
about me is I grew up on a ranch outside Denver about an hour and a
half away. I grew up, uh, raising cattle and horses
and did some rodeo. At one point we raised a beef
cattle and we would have to have a, uh, Roundup at the end of every,
uh, season and take them off to, uh, sell them at the auction and uh, occasionally had to rope a few cattle to
get them back where they needed to be. It’s kind of a unique thing about
me that most people don’t know. When I was a kid, I always actually
wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. I grew up working with my hands on the
ranch with my dad building buildings and taking things that were broken. And I
also loved athletics. And of course, based on my background of
orthopedic injuries, um, it was the perfect fit for me of being
able to use my dexterity skillset, but also be involved in sports
and helping people get better. I worked in a family practice
in Elizabeth, Colorado, small town for a very empathetic,
uh, primary care doctor. It taught me the importance of
taking good care of patients, listening to them and going above and
beyond to do the right thing for them. And that meant a lot to me in
going into medicine in general. I was avid in sports
growing up as a child, but I had a lot of orthopedic
injuries in high school. Um, I broke a lot of bones and missed
a lot of sat out, a lot of seasons, but I had a great orthopedic surgeon
in the Denver area that put me back together and it meant a lot to
me and allowed me to go on and, and have a successful college career. Being part of a team was
very important to me. Uh, you can accomplish a lot more as a
team than you can as an individual. Um, I enjoyed a successful, you know, high school and college athletic career
and I’ve carried that on in my practice and, and have that team
effort not only with my staff, my team in the operating room, but also the patient and that’s
a critical to good outcomes. I chose to be a shoulder specialist
because the shoulder is one of the most challenging and complex
joints of the body. There are many moving parts and I think
it’s probably the most challenging joint to treat and that’s why I chose
to be a specialist in that field. One of the most important
things in my life is my faith. It’s the center of who I am and it leads
me every day and gives me to deal with the challenges of work and dealing
with the challenges of medicine. When I’m not at work, I enjoy
playing with my two children and uh, enjoy time with my wife. Uh, I’m a snowboarder and I enjoy
golfing and my free time. I think golf is a good
way for me to balance. I think you get so dialed in when you’re
at work and focusing on a problem at hand and I think stepping away and
being outside in nature and um, enjoying a nice day on the golf
course is a good way to reset. A team effort is important between
the physician and their patient. I think it takes collaboration on
both ends to have a great outcome. Integrity is a critical
characteristic to me. Being honest and always doing the right
thing is critical a foundation for someone in their character and
I think that’s really important. I encourage patients
to educate themselves, going online and doing their own research. I think that’s says a lot about the
patient and their responsibility as a patient and then wanting
to be more educated. But I also encouraged them to seek
professional medical advice based on scientific evidence. I think that’s really important
when they look at their problem, Vulena writes, Dr Schnell was a
competent and reassuring doctor. I situation was an emergency and
even though I was nervous and scared, he kept me informed the entire time, which made me feel more positive about
my experience. I highly recommend him. When I read a review, it really is special to me because it
reinforces why I do what I do every day and it really drives home the
point that patients care about, um, the outcomes that they have and are
really appreciative of what I can provide for them. One reason I think patients
come to me as, as, as a surgeon, is because of my bedside manner. I
take the time to listen to the patient, answer all their questions
and respect them, and I think that’s a critical part of
being a good doctor at the center for spine orthopedics. We’re all about getting patients
back to the lifestyle they enjoy. I’m Dr Schnell. I look forward to meeting you and
helping you live a better life.

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