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Why Would I Need to See an Orthopaedic Doctor?

Why Would I Need to See an Orthopaedic Doctor

When was your last visit to an Orthopaedic doctor? When your kid broke his arm? Or when you had that foot sprain? Orthopedics is not all about healing sprains and mending broken bones; it involves prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions, both congenital and degenerative.

What is Orthopaedics?

Derived from the Greek words orthos (straight and free from deformity) and paidios (child), orthopaedics refers to correction of deformities in children. Over the ages, the medical specialty grew into diagnosis, correction, prevention, rehabilitation and treatment of skeletal deformities, bone disorders, injuries to joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and skin in persons of all age group. From limb deformities in newborns to arthritis among the elders, Orthopaedic doctors ensure proper care of your musculoskeletal system through medical, physical, surgical and rehabilitative methods.


It is believed that primitive times saw the early use of splints and procedures like trepanation and crude amputations. Early civilizations had creative ways like fresh rawhide, clay and bamboo splints to manage orthopedic injuries. Later, the School of Hypocrites wrote books describing traction, casting and bandaging. The Greeks used to treat clubbed feet, scoliosis and tried to understand the nervous system. However, it is the invention of X-ray in the 20th century that boosted the prospects of orthopaedics. Coupled with the development of antibiotics, orthopedic care scaled new heights. In 1942, the first metal hip arthroplasty marked the beginning of treatment of hip fractures and by 1960s, advance treatment for joint replacement came into existence.

When to visit an Orthopaedist?

It’s not just when you break or dislocate your bones, but any of these following symptoms might be a warning for you to consult an orthopaedist:

  • Chronic pain in ankles, back, shoulders, knees or hips that hinder your daily routine like climbing the stairs or lifting a bucket of water.
  • Pain in muscles or joints that never subsides after a couple of days.
  • Unable to straighten back or limbs.
  • Swelling at joints or at an injured area.
  • Taking rest having no effect on tendon or joint pain.
  • Deformity of limbs or joints.
  • Unequal length of limbs and excruciating pain.

What does an orthopaedist do?

A specialist in treating infections, sports injuries, broken bones, joint-ligament-muscle-tendon injuries, ruptured disks, lower back pain, degenerative conditions like osteoporosis and bone tumours, limb abnormalities like club foot, hammer toes, bow legs, knock knees and bunions, congenital conditions like muscular dystrophy and celebral palsy, an orthopaedist diagnoses, treats and rehabilitates the patients. Sprains or surgeries, the overall wellbeing of your musculoskeletal system is safe in their expert hands.


During the initial consultation, an orthopaedist identifies and isolates the problem, explores treatment options and advises on medication and rehabilitation like therapies or exercises.

Treatment plan includes activities to restore strength, enable functioning and maintaining stamina for hassle-free movement.

Most of the practices of an orthopaedist resort to non-surgical management of diseases and injuries. Surgery will be the final option in cases where none of the medication or treatment plans is adequate to address the issue. Priority will be to slow down the progression of the disease or injury.

Why choose Orthopaedics Department at Sunrise Hospital?

An advanced unit for muscular and skeletal injuries, Sunrise Hospital is rated as one of the most renowned accident and trauma care units. The expert team has one of the best surgeons for shoulder and upper limb, and the state-of-the art facilities such as ultra clean laminar flow theatres with HEPA filters, DEXA scan for an accurate measurement of bone density and strength and arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures for hip and joint replacement, limb lengthening, spine trauma, orthopaedic oncology, disc issues, congenital and developmental deformity, paediatric issues, unicompartmental knee replacement, osteoporosis, sports injuries and arthroscopy.

Our exclusive Osteoporosis Specialty Clinic offers the following diagnostic services:

  • Assessment of whole musculoskeletal system by specialist
  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan
  • Bone profiling
  • Counseling for Osteoporosis management
  • Risk assessment for fractures by FRAX tool to identify high-risk patients

Other specialty clinics include:

  • Back pain Clinic
  • Hip & Knee Clinic
  • Children’s Ortho Clinic
  • Foot & Ankle Clinic
  • Shoulder & Upper limb Clinic

Our services are equipped with:

  • CT Scan
  • MRI Scan
  • High Resolution Ultrasound Scan
  • Laminar Flow Theatre
  • Fracture Table
  • Intensive care Unit with 24 Hrs Intensivist
  • Trauma Care
  • Advanced Arthroscopic (Keyhole) techniques for Knee, Shoulder & Elbow Surgeries
  • Advanced Joint Replacement for Hip , Knee, Shoulder & Elbow
  • Minimal Access Spine Surgery
  • Complicated Fracture Fixation

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