The most common orthopaedic treatment is joint replacement surgery to improve mobility. Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and replace with a new one.
Sometimes, the surgeon will not remove the whole joint but will only replace the damaged parts. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better. You may return to activities that was previously limited due to pain. Hips and knees are replaced most often.
Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows.
Treatment options include latest advancement in implant materials (metal) and ceramics), techniques (minimally invasive, computer navigation) and technologies (patient specific instruments and implants).
Fractures result from trauma to the bone that is in excess of what the bone can tolerate. The causative trauma can be low impact if the bone is weak, such as in patients with osteoporosis.
A fracture can be the culmination of repetitive trauma or overuse, commonly referred to as stress fractures. Lastly, fractures come about as a result of high impact events such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, or athletic events.
The goal of treatment of fractures by our doctors is to allow fracture healing while maintaining the form and function of the bone and the surrounding structures.
Treatment of the fracture is dependent on the severity of the fracture, which bone is broken and most importantly the status of the patient.
Our surgeons will determine if the fracture needs to be reduced (straightened out).
The fracture may be treated in a splint, cast or brace. In many instances, the best way to optimally achieve treatment goals is to treat the fracture by surgery to straighten the bone and possibly insert pins, plates, screws or rods.
After the fracture heals, it is imperative that the injured extremity is fully rehabilitated, which means it is returned to normal function, size, and strength.
Our physiotherapists are oftentimes involved in this process that is coordinated by our doctors.
The spinal column normally grows in a straight line from the neck to the pelvis. For some patients, during childhood, the spine begins to curve in an “S or C” shape, developing incorrectly. Left untreated, the curve may get progressively worse, causing pain and possibly leading to serious health complications that affect the lungs and heart.
With early detection, the physicians can identify the appropriate treatment, as well as the age for corrective action.
The spine can also be affected by arthritis, degenerative wear and tear problems affecting the joints and discs, as well as a variety of other abnormalities that cause pain, numbness and weakness. Problems in the low back (lumbar spine) can affect the leg and foot, while problems in the cervical spine (neck) can affect the arms and hands.
The initial treatment usually includes rest, ice/heat, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and possibly muscle relaxants and physical therapy. Most patients get better with conservative treatments and only a small percentage requires surgery.
Sadly with increased physical activity comes the risk of increased injury. When you’ve suffered a sports-related injury, your ability to perform on and off the field4 may be diminished.
Broadly, there are two types of injury. Firstly intrinsic, which are injuries that occur without any apparent cause and secondly, extrinsic, which occur when external forces are applied to the body. Sports injuries occur in both adults and children.
Many of the sport injuries can be treated with arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical method that utilizes a small camera to look inside a joint and specialized instruments to carry out any necessary surgery in that joint.
Our specialist centre consists of a highly experienced group of physiotherapists that diagnose, manage and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. They are trained in the treatment of post-operative orthopaedic procedures, fractures, acute and chronic sports injuries, joint, back and neck pain.
They work hand-in-hand with your surgeons to coordinate your care and create a rehabilitation plan designed to expedite recovery, allowing you to resume your active lifestyle more quickly.
Orthopaedic physiotherapists diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system including rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery.
Our team of experienced therapists are trained in the treatment of post-operative orthopaedic procedures, fractures, acute sports injuries, arthritis, sprains, strains, back and neck pain.
Joint and spine manipulation, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular reeducation, hot/cold packs, and electrical muscle stimulation are some of the modalities used to expedite recovery.