Orthopaedics diagnoses and treats conditions and injuries affecting your bones and joints.
What is orthopaedics?
Orthopaedics is a medical and surgical speciality focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases and injuries. This includes your bones and joints and structures that enable movements such as ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.
Orthopaedic doctors use both surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, including joint pain, sports and overuse injuries, back problems and fractures. They may use anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy and exercise programmes, steroid injections, mobility aids, and surgery.
There are subspecialties within orthopaedics. These include:
- hip and knee
- foot and ankle
- spine surgery
- shoulder and elbow
- hand and wrist
- sports medicine
- paediatric orthopaedics
- trauma surgery
- joint replacement surgery
What is orthopaedics concerned with?
Orthopaedics is concerned with diseases, injuries and conditions of your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Orthopaedic injuries or conditions include congenital deformities, infections, tumours, trauma, and degenerative conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
What does an orthopaedic doctor treat?
An orthopaedic doctor treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions that may be present from birth or occur as a result of injury or age-related wear and tear.
Some of the most common conditions that an orthopaedic doctor treats include:
- knee, hip, shoulder, foot and ankle joint pain from arthritis and bursitis
- broken bones, bone fractures and osteoporosis
- soft tissue (muscle, tendon, and ligament) injuries
- back and neck pain due to a herniated disc and spinal stenosis
- carpal tunnel syndrome and hand arthritis
- ·overuse and sports injuries, including tendinitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears
- bone tumours
- congenital conditions, such as clubfoot, bow legs, hip dysplasia and scoliosis.
What are the costs to see an orthopaedic doctor?
The costs to see an orthopaedic doctor will depend on your chosen orthopaedic specialist, your symptoms and condition, diagnostic tests needed and your recommended treatment.
You will receive a formal quotation price for your orthopaedic care following a consultation with one of our expert orthopaedic doctors. This formal quote will be valid for 60 days.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Medical insurance policies usually cover day and inpatient orthopaedic treatment. However, not all health insurance policies cover outpatient care as standard which includes your consultant appointments, diagnostic tests and scans and physiotherapy. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before seeing your orthopaedic doctor.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your orthopaedic doctor and treatment yourself. These include interest-free finance that requires no deposit and allows you to make monthly instalments at 0% interest, a one-off All-inclusive Total Care payment with unlimited aftercare, and flexible pay-as-you-go.
What is the recovery process after an orthopaedics treatment?
The recovery process after an orthopaedics treatment will depend on many factors. These include your overall health, the condition for which you were treated, and the type of surgery performed.
If you have minimally invasive surgery, often used for joint replacements and arthroscopies, you may be able to go home the same day or the day after surgery. Full recovery can take several weeks to several months depending on the individual patient and their exact procedure.
For patients having more complex surgery, such as spinal fusion, recovery may take up to six months, as the vertebrae need to fuse to the bone graft.
Your orthopaedic doctor will advise you on what to expect during your recommended treatment and your recovery process. You should follow your orthopaedic doctor’s recovery guidance.
Orthopaedics at Ramsay Health Care
At Ramsay Health care we have a dedicated network of highly skilled and experienced orthopaedic consultants who work as part of your hospital’s multidisciplinary team of specialists throughout your healthcare journey.
We offer fast access to expert orthopaedic consultations to investigate your symptoms, on-site diagnostic tests and holistic treatment plans to get you back to what you love doing, pain-free.
Our hospitals deliver innovative, comprehensive, specialist and personalised care. We use pioneering surgical techniques and the latest diagnostic technologies, pain management therapies, and advanced physiotherapy and rehabilitation tools to keep you moving with ease and comfort.
We understand the pain our orthopaedic patients experience. By offering flexible and affordable payment options, treatment with unlimited aftercare, and all-inclusive packages with no hidden costs, you don’t need to wait for treatment.