As healthcare marketers look to drive growth for their organizations, the orthopedic service line is often identified as a key opportunity. Not only for its potential for profitability, but also its application across a broad range of ages – from aging Baby Boomers in need of hip and knee replacements to younger patients with sports injuries.
However, growing an orthopedic service line with targeted marketing campaigns has specific challenges. First, it’s incredibly competitive; digital trends show that orthopedics is one of the most searched for services in healthcare. There is stiff competition as orthopedics encompasses a spectrum of treatments that run the gamut from over the counter knee braces to hip replacement surgery. This means retail health options compete in the same space as renowned hospitals.
At the same time, there is also a sense of urgency among consumers seeking out orthopedic care. More often than not, people look for solutions because they are in pain. Addressing their concerns, delivering care, and alleviating pain quickly and effectively is a critical part of acquisition and retention.