Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is a surgical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating a range of problems involving the musculoskeletal system.  The musculoskeletal system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

Orthopaedics cares for people of all ages, from new-borns with congenital conditions to older people with arthritis.

Orthopaedics also covers trauma for example, a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or a tackle during a rugby game; these can all result in an injury, or a fracture (broken bone).


The most common orthopaedic conditions treated by orthopaedic surgeons are:

  • Severe osteoarthritis - joint replacement, where an arthritic or damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis.
  • Fractures - broken bones.
  • Torn or inflamed muscles, tendons and cartilage.
  • Disorders of the spine.
  • Trapped nerves.


Congenital and childhood bone disorders.

The treatment of orthopaedic problems may involve either surgery or non-surgical treatment.  The orthopaedic surgeon will discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you.  A rehabilitation plan may be recommended, including exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function.

 

 

Last updated: February 22, 2016