Derived from the Latin words “orthos” meaning straight and “paideion” meaning children Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that deals with problems relating to the musculoskeletal system. Contrary to its name people of any age may be affected by orthopaedic problems and the vast majority of us will require the help of an orthopaedic specialist at some point during our lifetime.
The musculoskeletal system comprises bones which articulate with each other at joints, are cushioned by cartilage and held together by ligaments. Muscles make the skeleton move and are attached to bones via tendons and controlled by nerves. Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in the surgical and non-surgical care of this very complex and dynamic system.
At Surrey Total Health we have a team of orthopaedic surgeons who have a range of surgical expertise and work closely with our consultant rheumatologist and rehabilitation specialist to manage a wide range of common musculoskeletal problems.
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Hip and knee problems
Common symptoms that may indicate that your hip or knee joint is not working properly include joint pain or stiffness, pain at night or during or after exercise, pain going up or down stairs, a swollen joint or limping.
There are numerous conditions that may affect these joints. Some of the most common include:
- Osteoarthritis of hips and knees
- Femoroacetabular Impingement and Labral tears
- Ligament tears, including Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Meniscal tears
- Pain after a joint replacement
Treatment of hip and knee pain
The first step in managing hip or knee pain is to determine what is causing the pain. Our doctors will sit down with you and discuss your symptoms and organise any further tests that they think are necessary.
Once they have established the most likely cause of your pain they will discuss appropriate treatment including non-surgical and surgical options.
The majority of people with hip or knee pain will be offered non-surgical treatment in the first instance. Non-surgical treatment of hip pain may include
- Exercise modification
- Muscle strengthening
- Weight management
- Nutritional supplements
- Anti-inflammatory medication
Surgical treatment of hip or knee pain may range from relatively minor procedures such as a joint injection to major surgery such as a joint replacement. At Surrey Total Health our consultants have significant expertise in a number of different surgical procedures which are listed below:
- Total Hip Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement
- Hip or Knee Injection
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Revision hip surgery
- Surgery for a broken hip
- Surgery for Infected hip and knee replacement
Foot and Ankle Pain
Common symptoms for problems affecting the foot and ankle region are heel pain, foot pain, and ankle pain.
The Surrey Total Health team also includes a diabetologist, equipping us well to deal with diabetic feet.
There are a wide range of different conditions that may affect the foot and ankle region, these include:
- Morton’s neuroma
- Achilles Tendon
- Hallux valgus (bunion and bunionette)
- Flat feet
- Heel pain – plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenail
- Ankle arthritis
- Ankle instability
Trauma can cause broken bones or soft tissue injury leading onto tendon or ligament injury, or muscle damage
Broken bones (otherwise known as fractures) are very painful and you need to have accessible and available surgeons – often at short notice. At Surrey Total Health we have a combined experience of over 50 years in trauma and with our seven-day phone line, can get you treated as soon as possible.
Uniquely to Surrey Total Health, all our surgeons have completed fellowships in trauma and teach the advanced trauma life support course. This expertise allows us to offer you the treatment that best suits your specific injury.
One of our surgeons is a world expert in treating fractures with frames (Ilizarov fixation) in difficult fractures where conventional treatment methods don’t help.
We specialise in:
- Hip/thigh fractures
- Fractures around knee
- Ankle/lower leg fractures
- Shoulder/upper arm fractures
- Lower arm/elbow/wrist fractures
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