Don’t become sidelined by injury

VISTA — Envision calling a doctor’s office and having a friendly voice answer the phone.

Next picture your appointment with a skilled surgeon who listens to your needs, patiently answering your questions.

Your individualized treatment plan could begin with physical therapy and nutrition counseling. Of course, if indicated, medications, injections and even surgery options could be part of that plan.

Where are you? MPOWR Orthopaedic Health.

MPOWR stands for Musculoskeletal Performance Orthopaedic Wellness and Rehabilitation, and is the Vista-based private practice of Christian D. Bentley, M.D.

“I consider this a complete musculoskeletal practice. Athletes want to stay athletic and active people should be able to remain active. We are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive treatment to athletes and active adults transitioning through the effects of injury and time.

In fact, our Transitional Athletic Program (TAP) includes both traditional and alternative approaches.

Based upon scientific research, and we utilize state of the art technology to enhance and extend your years of competition, exercise, and play in all the sports and physical realms.” Dr. Bentley said.

Unlike many physicians, Dr. Bentley realized that managing the whole body affects the success of treating the individual joint.

To further meet that patient need, along with board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery he added Integrative and Alternative Medicine.

Subspecialty and fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy, Dr. Bentley’s surgical focus is on arthroscopic repair of many common shoulder and knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament tears (knee) and rotator cuff tears (shoulder).

Helping patients overcome the chronic limitations of arthritis is also a focus of the practice. He is one of two surgeons in North County who can perform “mini” or partial joint replacements; “which is especially of interest to our still active but arthritic patients in their 40s to 60s who are ‘too young’ to have a total joint replacement done,” Dr. Bentley said. “For the appropriate patient, complete hip, knee and shoulder replacements are performed as well.

“While our motto, ‘Empowering you to get back in the game,’ is an accurate goal, we treat more than athletes. We can evaluate any joint or extremity symptoms that are limiting your activity,” Dr. Bentley said. “Our patients don’t sit on the sidelines while in treatment. Patient motivation and participation is key to recovering wellness.”

One example is an active 45-year-old patient who runs a local gymnastics studio.

He had focal arthritis and instability of the knee. After a ligament reconstruction and partial knee replacement, he is currently thriving.

MPOWR Orthopaedic Health prides itself as a unique surgical practice, emphasizing individual attention to its patients and customer service.

“We modeled our practice after the small town physician. In contrast to the mega-groups, we are able get to know our patients and their families — our goal is to treat them as we would our very own family,” Susanne Bentley, practice manager said.

So call MPOWR Orthopaedic Health today; don’t be surprised when you are warmly greeted by Devon or Susanne — not a voicemail! Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (760) 295-2995 or visit them at 2067 West Vista Way, Suite 265 in Vista or at

Dr. Bentley is located at Vista Medical Plaza – the premier outpatient health center in the Tri-City area. If you’re a physician looking for medical office space, Vista Medical Plaza offers several unique advantages to help grow your business.

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