Orthopedics deals with diseases, disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system – bones, joints, muscles and tendons. The orthopedic specialist (orthopedic physician) specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, as well as performs interventions that affect this system.
Patients come to the orthopedic practice with the following complaints:
- joint pain,
- the consequences of injuries,
- various musculoskeletal disorders.
In orthopedic specialist care, our primary aim is to eliminate pain, establish an accurate diagnosis and, if possible, avoid surgery. Our mission is to help our patients
- by reducing or eliminating their pain,
- by recovering from their injuries as quickly as possible,
- by regaining their mobility,
- by restoring and sustaining their good quality of life in the long term.
Orthopedic complaints are easily recognisable even to the non-professional persons (although sometimes difficult to distinguish from rheumatological cases). Typical conditions:
- knee pain, which may be due to wear and tear of the knee joint, anterior or posterior cruciate ligament injury, cartilage damage (damage to the cricoid cartilage – meniscus – or the glass-like/hyaline cartilage covering the bone ends),
- shoulder pain, which may be caused by shoulder joint wear (wear and tear of the glenohumeral joint), damage to the rotator cuff or shoulder impingement syndrome,
- shoulder instability, e.g. after a shoulder sprain (sprain of the glenohumeral joint),
- hip pain due to wear and tear of the hip joint or impingement syndrome of the hip joint,
- pain, numbness in the fingers (carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist),
- abnormality affecting the tendon sheath in the hand (snapping finger),
- tendonitis of the thumb (De Quervain’s syndrome),
In our clinic, these and other orthopedic disorders can be identified and, if possible, treated gently, with a focus on reducing or eliminating pain. Our Pain Outpatient Clinic has modern procedures available for pain-relieving therapy.
The examination of the skeletal system and joints usually involves several steps, and up-to-date imaging tests play an important role in it. Diagnostics may include the following:
- reviewing the medical history (e.g. exploring the cause of the pain, discussing the circumstances of the injury),
- manual examination in the specialty clinic of Panoráma Polyclinic,
- ultrasound scans can also be performed in our polyclinic,
- if X-ray examination, CT or MR scans are necessary, we will contact our nearby partner facility.
Pain does not have to be lived with, on the contrary: when making a diagnosis and choosing the right treatment, pain reduction should often be the first step. This is where our Pain Outpatient Clinic can provide support, where a qualified neurologist and/or neurosurgeon will always carry out targeted pain relief therapy.
Treatment options in orthopedics have expanded considerably in recent decades. Therapy is generally aimed at reducing pain, restoring mobility and improving quality of life. Based on the diagnosis, we can usually recommend the following treatments:
- physical therapy, physiotherapy,
- injection therapy, to reduce inflammation and replace synovial (joint) fluid.
With the expansion of modern surgical techniques, many orthopedic conditions can be treated with minimally invasive (involving minor wounding) interventions, such as arthroscopy (keyhole surgery). In some cases, such as advanced wear of the joints, prosthesis implantation is a permanent solution. Over the past decades, prostheses and prosthetic surgical techniques have also developed considerably. These major operations, which are of high value, are all carried out in an inpatient care, i.e. in hospital conditions.
At Panoráma Polyclinic, orthopedics means outpatient service and no surgical interventions are currently performed.