Hip Joint Pain: What Are The Most Common Causes?

Hip Joint Pain: What Are The Most Common Causes?

If you’ve ever seen a gymnast performing incredible feats that seem to defy nature, notably doing the splits with fluid ease, you’ll understand the strength and flexibility of the hip joint. Pain and damage to this joint are not as common as it is with other joints,...
How Do I Know If I Have A Broken Finger?

How Do I Know If I Have A Broken Finger?

Rugby, cricket, volleyball and basketball – these sports are those that pose the highest risk when it comes to hand, wrist and finger injuries. However, while we’re in the game a twist or a knock can be easily ignored until you go home and ask your significant...
The Fight Against Martial Arts Sports Injuries

The Fight Against Martial Arts Sports Injuries

As far as exciting (and useful) sports go, martial arts are gaining in popularity. From Tai Kwon Do to Jujitsu, young and old are enjoying the strength, discipline, coordination and flexibility training that they offer. However, a factor that we need to be aware of is...
Getting to Grips With Tennis Elbow

Getting to Grips With Tennis Elbow

Sports people are often reminded to warm up, cool down, and practice good form when exercising. When we’re in our twenties (and assume that we are immortal and invulnerable) we may ignore this sage advice and throw ourselves around courts and fields with abandon....
ACL Tear – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

ACL Tear – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

Whether you love karate, squash, golf, gymnastics or rugby – the chances are good that you have seen or experienced knee trauma in the form of an ACL tear. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the ligaments within the knee which connect the tibia and the...
Foot And Ankle Tendonitis – Is It As Serious As It Feels?

Foot And Ankle Tendonitis – Is It As Serious As It Feels?

Whether you’re an athlete or a stay-at-home mum, you may well have experienced foot and ankle tendonitis. Indeed, foot pain can be caused by any number of things including badly fitting shoes, a broken or sprained toe, bunions or arch strain. And all too often we...
What Is Tendonitis? Knee Symptoms To Watch Out For

What Is Tendonitis? Knee Symptoms To Watch Out For

Tendons are the tough fibres that connect your muscles to your bones. Most tendon injuries happen near joints, such as your shoulder, elbow, knee or ankle. A tendon injury may seem to have happened suddenly, but they are actually usually the result of repeatedly...
What To Expect At Your Orthopaedic Appointment

What To Expect At Your Orthopaedic Appointment

Making an orthopaedic appointment can be a little frightening, especially if you haven’t seen an orthopaedic surgeon before. The very word “surgeon” can be scary, as it implies seeing someone who’s going to tell you that you need an operation. Very often, however,...
Symptoms and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Symptoms and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Every part of the body, from the least significant to the obviously important, has its own special role – you know what they say, the nose can’t run and the feet can’t smell! Seriously though, at the first sign of trouble in the hands or fingers, timeously...
Golfers Elbow: Treatment And Causes

Golfers Elbow: Treatment And Causes

South Africa is a paradise for golfers. With great weather and magnificent courses – on the coast, inland, in the bush and in the Berg – it’s no wonder there were over three and a half million rounds of golf registered on the handicap system last year! With all the...
How Do I Become A Sports Doctor?

How Do I Become A Sports Doctor?

Sports Medicine is one of the newest fields of medical specialisation in South Africa. It’s a branch of medicine that deals primarily with the treatment and prevention of sports- and exercise-related injuries. Also referred to as Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM),...
Is Elbow Pain Driving You Round The Bend?

Is Elbow Pain Driving You Round The Bend?

We all know how painful it is when we knock our “funny” bone against something. In fact, it’s not really funny at all! But at least we know the pain will subside after a few minutes. Persistent or recurring elbow pain, however, is not quite as easy to get rid of and...
Do I Need Physiotherapy or Orthopaedic Surgery?

Do I Need Physiotherapy or Orthopaedic Surgery?

If you talk to any sports enthusiast (those that play, not those that spectate!), you’re likely to have heard the debate around choosing physiotherapy versus orthopaedic surgery. Perhaps you’ve suffered an injury yourself – sprains, torn ligaments or a dislocation –...
Identifying And Treating An ITB Injury

Identifying And Treating An ITB Injury

Your iliotibial band (ITB) is one of your hip abductor muscles, responsible for moving your hip away from the midline. Essentially, it’s a long band of fascia that runs down the outside of your thigh. It starts at the iliac crest in your pelvis and runs right down...
What Causes A Rotator Cuff Injury?

What Causes A Rotator Cuff Injury?

Rotator Cuff Injury? We use our shoulders hundreds of times a day without really thinking about it. Every time you reach up to get something off a high shelf, comb your hair, wave goodbye, or throw a ball, your shoulders are working hard. Actually, more specifically,...
Knee Replacement: Let’s Learn the Facts

Knee Replacement: Let’s Learn the Facts

Whether through trauma or disease, if you are faced with the possibility of a total knee replacement then you likely want all the facts. While osteoarthritis remains the leading reason for knee replacement, both young and old may be faced with this procedure for a...
The Inside Scoop on Shoulder Pain and Injuries

The Inside Scoop on Shoulder Pain and Injuries

Our shoulder joints are a brilliantly clever design and the single most moveable joint in the human body. Anchored by back and arm muscles, strong tendons and hardy ligaments, they allow the arm to move and rotate easily, even under heavy load. However, this same...
What Is An Orthopaedic Surgeon & When Will You Need One?

What Is An Orthopaedic Surgeon & When Will You Need One?

What do sports injuries, arthritis, sprained ankles, and stiff necks all have in common? You guessed right – they all need the services of an Orthopaedic Surgeon. But what is an Orthopaedic Surgeon? And when would you need their services? What is an Orthopaedic...
What Does a Torn Ligament In An Ankle Feel Like?

What Does a Torn Ligament In An Ankle Feel Like?

Ankle injuries are the bane of the sportsman’s life. But you don’t have to be involved in a high-impact sporting session to suffer from a debilitating ankle injury. A torn ligament, sprains, strains and fractures can happen in day-to-day life. Stepping awkwardly on...
Everything You Need To Know About Knee Injuries

Everything You Need To Know About Knee Injuries

Your knees are the largest joints in your body, yet are the most easily injured. They are made up of bones, ligaments, cartilage and tendons, and this complex structure, coupled with the fact that they carry your full body weight every day, makes injured knees a...
Orthopaedic Surgery – Taking It Down To The Bare Bones

Orthopaedic Surgery – Taking It Down To The Bare Bones

Orthopaedic surgery is a wide field encompassing the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, degenerative diseases and congenital deformities of our musculoskeletal system. Contrary to common perception, orthopaedic surgeons don’t only deal...
Serious Sportsman or Weekend Warrior?

Serious Sportsman or Weekend Warrior?

Sports medicine is a fast-growing field in health care as its scope is expanding beyond only treating injuries, but also assisting in preventing them. Sports medicine physicians are usually either orthopaedic surgeons or physicians with additional, specialised...
The 5 Most Common Shoulder Injuries & Their Treatment

The 5 Most Common Shoulder Injuries & Their Treatment

Shoulder injuries can either be chronic or acute, depending on how long you’ve been in pain. An acute injury is one that occurs suddenly, usually as the result of a direct impact, twisting the shoulder joint, or overusing a muscle, ligament or tendon. The five most...
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