Foot and ankle orthopaedics

A wide range of muscle, bone, ligament and tendon conditions and injuries affect the feet and ankles. These are treated either conservatively or surgically by general orthopaedic surgeons, or orthopaedic surgeons who have sub-specialised in foot and ankle orthopaedics.

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Hand and elbow orthopaedics

Various hand and arm surgeries are used to treat conditions and injuries that affect the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow if conservative treatments and therapies are not effective.

Common conditions include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome resulting from a pinched nerve which causes pain, numbness and tingling in your hand

  • Congenital (inherited) hand deformities

  • Deformities caused by rheumatoid arthritis

  • Dupuytren's disease or contracture — a thickening of the layer of tissue under the skin of the palm of your hand near your fingers. This, in time, becomes a hard lump causing one or more of your fingers to contract either towards your palm or to the side of your hand

  • Fractures of the hand, wrist and forearm

  • Ganglion cysts – lumps that develop on the tendons or wrist joints

  • Inflammation in a tendon (tendonitis)

  • Tennis and golfers elbow caused by overuse, inflammation and degeneration in elbow tendons

  • Osteoarthritis in the fingers, wrist or elbow

  • Tumours

Hip and knee surgery

In addition to determining the damage to your hips or knees, general orthopaedic surgeons and those specialising in hip and knee surgery will also consider other factors such as your lifestyle and activities in which you would like to engage again, the level of pain you are experiencing, your general health and any underlying health conditions you may have, to recommend the most appropriate treatment options for you.

Where possible, surgery is performed using minimally invasive techniques. Your orthopaedic surgeon will expertly implant your prosthesis to enable you to regain optimal functioning after surgery.

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Shoulder and upper arm orthopaedics

General orthopaedic surgeons, and those who have sub-specialised in shoulder and upper arm orthopaedics, provide treatment for shoulder and upper arm conditions and injuries.

Common shoulder injuries and conditions

Injuries to the shoulder joint including bones, cartilages, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are usually caused by activities that involve repetitive overhead action.

Other common conditions and injuries include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs that develop along the edges of bones
  • Broken collarbone or other fractures
  • Dislocation of the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Inflammation in the tendons
  • Instability in the shoulder
  • Nerve impingement in the neck or shoulder
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tears in the joint or rotator cuff