Orthopaedics

Gain insight into matters of the bone structure, such as osteoporosis and knee replacements from our expert orthopaedic surgeons.

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Conditions

That joint pain could be bursitis

Are you struggling with a painful joint? One of many possibilities is that you may be suffering from bursitis. Occupations that involve repetitive movements put you at a higher risk for developing this uncomfortable condition. We take a closer look at the symptoms and what you can do about them plus other conditions that are related to working in an office.

Conditions

Disc regenerative therapy for lower back pain

Degenerative disc disease is one of the most prevalent causes of lower back pain. In short, this condition presents with pain and a general weakness or numbness in the area, which stems from a degenerated spinal disc – and although it may be related to the ageing process, it can affect anyone at any stage of life. We speak to a spinal expert on treatment options.

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Exercising after orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgeons can repair broken bones and replace worn-out joints, but it’s up to us to walk the road to recovery. Here’s how exercise after orthopaedic surgery can help.

Conditions

A bruised knee does require treatment

A bruised knee will usually heal itself – but it can take a frustratingly long time. Here’s advice from a Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon.

Conditions

When to worry about knee pain

Zandi Nkosi suffered a throbbing pain in her right knee for months but tried to shrug it off. This is why she should have worried about her knee pain.

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The facts on carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming increasingly common in today’s digital age. A Mediclinic orthopaedic surgeon explains the causes and treatment of this condition.

Orthopaedics

Physiotherapist undergoes career-saving arthroscopic surgery

When an old wrist injury came back to haunt physiotherapist Elané de Beer eight years after the fact, she was unable to perform the hands-on, strenuous physical therapy her job entailed. Dr Adriaan Smit, Orthopod at Mediclinic Durbanville, prescribed arthroscopic ligament repair.

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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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Healthy Life

Back to basics: the spinal column

The spinal column is comprised of 33 individual bones that work together to support your body and protect the otherwise vulnerable spinal cord from injury. We go back to basics in this spinal column infographic.

Exercise

How to reduce chronic back pain

Dr Willem Strydom, an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Mediclinic Cape Gate, discusses the common occurrence of myofascial or chronic back pain and offers some simple self-help solutions.

Orthopaedics

Simple steps to healthy feet

High heels, flat soles, pointy toes… Those new shoes look great on you, but are they also damaging your feet? A Mediclinic podiatrist separates the facts from the fiction.

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Ensuring bone health

Consistently looking after your bones from childhood to old age can help avoid complications. Here’s how to keep your bones healthy.

Expert Articles

How do total knee replacements work?

Dr Peter Smith, orthopaedic surgeon at Mediclinic Milnerton, explains how total knee replacements work.

Expert Articles

When you need a new knee

You use 54 muscles every time you take a step. Find out what happens when you need a knee replacement.

Orthopaedics

Bone density tests and preventing osteoporosis

our experts explain what to expect when having a bone density test as well as lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk.

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Osteoporosis – could it happen to me?

Osteoporosis is not confined to the elderly any more. Here, our experts answer your questions about this disease.

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Getting a grip on carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome often presents in people who experience repetitive strain in their hands or wrists, as could be caused, for example, by working with vibrating machinery for long periods, sewing or even aggressive piano playing.

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About hip replacements

Our expert Dr Ockie van Zyl is a leading orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in knee and hip replacements. He supports Mediclinic Panorama and Mediclinic Cape Town.

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What is a nuclear medicine bone scan?

For a nuclear medicine scan you will be injected with a radioactive tracer of a low dose of radiation (similar to the dose used in an x-ray). This radio-labelled tracer, Tc99m MDP, then travels through your bloodstream to the bone where your bone building cells will absorb it. An image is then taken using a gamma camera, which will show your blood supply to the bone, and its bone cellular function.

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