Get to know your Specialist: Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Why would you require an Orthopaedic Surgeons services?

You may remember the time you or a friend broke, fractured or dislocated an arm as a child playing in the garden. Or perhaps a senior member of the family who fell and broke their hip? It is not uncommon to hear of these cases. In fact, the medical specialist to have treated all these trauma cases would have been an Orthopaedic Surgeon.

In this blog, we take a look at what exactly an Orthopaedic Surgeon speciality focuses on. And include areas you may need their assistance in the future.

We answer these 4 questions:

  • What is the focus of an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
  • When to visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
  • What conditions do Orthopaedic Surgeons remedy?
  • We hear from a practising Orthopaedic Surgeon on his speciality.

What is the focus of an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

These specialist doctors specialize in the muscular skeleton system, namely bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Their primary focus is to restore mobility; everyday movement. They assist with pain, swelling, joint stiffness and injury.

Some Orthopaedists are generalist, treating many parts of the musculoskeletal system. With over 200 bones in the human body, many sub-specialize. Namely, hand and wrist; foot and ankle; shoulder and elbow; hip and knee and spine. In addition to this, further Orthopaedists specialize in Sports + Medicine. While others specialize in children under the age of 12 years, they are considered Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons.

When Should you visit an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

It should be noted, should you answer ‘Yes‘ to the following questions, consider making an appointment with an Orthopaedic Surgeon. (Based on your medical aid scheme, you may not require a referral letter)

  • Continued neck or back pain affecting everyday activities?
  • An injury that has not healed?
  • Ceaseless stiffness after sleeping?
  • You feel unsteady when walking or standing?
  • Continued pain in joints, bones and muscles?

What conditions do Orthopaedic Surgeons remedy?

Besides sudden trauma to the musculoskeletal area, Orthopaedic doctors can identify varieties of conditions that affect the muscles, bones, joints, connective tissue and nerves. For the most part, orthopaedic conditions are chronic and if untreated do worsen over time. Along with age, genetics and over usage of the affected area contribute in intensifying the ailment.

The below are 10 common orthopaedic conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tumors
  • Pain in the knee, muscle, joint and hip.
  • Bursitis
  • Hip fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Kyphosis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Undoubtedly, certain conditions are painful and are especially crippling. As a rule, do not ignore your pain, contact your local Orthopaedic Surgeon.

We hear from Dr James McAllister, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal.

We ask Dr McAllister, ‘Why were you drawn to Orthopaedics?’
” Orthopaedics, allows you to enjoy both clinical and surgical procedures. And I was looking to ‘fix’ people with positive results.

Why your speciality is exciting and jobs satisfying?
“In short Orthopaedics allows us to improve patients lives with effective results.”

Dr McAllister is part of a group practice at Midlands Orthopaedic’s, his speciality includes, complex hip and knee pathology and Periprosthetic joint infection.

In conclusion, don’t live with bone or joint pain, contact your nearest Orthopaedic Surgeon today for improved mobility.

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* All images care of Midlands Orthopaedic.

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