Dr. Bryan Parry Invaluable Asset At Space Coast Races
By Space Coast Daily // July 13, 2014
BREVARD COUNTY PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT
Medical Expertise In Trauma, Fracture Care, Sports Medicine and General Orthopedics
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bryan Parry never leaves home without his keys, his cell phone…and his running gear.
“I always have my running gear with me, so if at any point in the day I have an hour, I can change clothes and go,” said Parry of Viera Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. “Sometimes, that’s pre-dawn or post-sunset.”
Parry’s love affair with moving very fast began in 2002, when he embraced running as a serious sport. Running has since become a family affair, with two of Parry’s children participating in high school cross-country and track.
“My wife, Lisa, is also training for her first half-marathon, and often accompanies me for a weekend run,” said the physician.
Parry took up running for the many benefits it brings a very busy physician and father of four – all teens, no less.
“Stress relief and cardiovascular benefits are my main reasons, but it also gives me time to unplug and decompress,” he said.
He averages six to eight races per year, ranging from 5ks to 50-milers. One of his most memorable races took place in State College, Pennsylvania, when Parry participated with brother Jack in a 50-mile, two-man relay.
Parry joined Viera Sports Medicine and Orthopedics after a 15-year solo practice in general orthopedics outside Atlanta.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa and completed his medical degree at Penn State University-Hershey.
He completed his surgical internship at York Hospital in Pennsylvania and an orthopedic residency at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Not only does Parry run, but he also helps fellow runners stay safely on their feet by volunteering his expertise as the medical director for the annual Battle of the Bridges Triathlon, the Space Coast Marathon and Running Zone’s Excalibur 10K races.
His medical interests in trauma, fracture care, sports medicine and general orthopedics make Parry an invaluable asset at any race.
Should runners in these events run into trouble, be it a stop sign that got in the way or an ankle that gave up the ghost, Parry is at the ready to offer medical assistance.
“This is where boring is good,” said Parry. “We have been fortunate to have no catastrophic events at the races, but we’re always prepared. The majority of the cases required evaluation due to dehydration, overuse of vulnerable joints, leg pain and exhaustion. Occasionally, there are road rash incidents from falls and athletes who have required sutures due to a fall or collision.”
Parry has seen his fair share of the boneheaded things some runners can do to themselves.
Early diagnosis and treatment of a problem can often deter a lengthy recovery process, he said, but some runners complicate matters to their bodies’ detriment by trying to train through an injury or attempting to begin training too soon before healing is complete.
Dr. Parry welcomes patients at Viera Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, a 9,932-square-foot, state-of-the-art treatment facility located on the third floor of Viera Medical Plaza located at 8725 N. Wickham Road, Suite 301. For more information, call 321-434-9200 or visit VieraOrthopedics.com.