Some of the benefits of arthroscopic surgery over traditional open surgery include:
- Can usually be carried out as an outpatient procedure
- Swelling is substantially reduced due to minimal incisions
- Pain is substantially reduced due to minimal manipulation of healthy tissue
Diagnostic arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical technique commonly employed to identify problems in a body joint. It plays a crucial role in diagnosing intra-articular disorders of the joint and recommending suitable treatment accordingly. Diagnostic arthroscopy is performed with the aid of a specialised device known as an arthroscope.
Osteoarthritis also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs most often in older people. This disease affects the tissue covering the ends of bones in a joint (cartilage). In a person with osteoarthritis, the cartilage becomes damaged and worn out causing pain, swelling, stiffness and restricted movement in the affected joint.
Sprains and strains are injuries affecting the muscles and ligaments. A sprain is an injury or tear of one or more ligaments that commonly occurs at the wrist, knee, ankle or thumb. A strain is an injury or tears to the muscle. Strains occur commonly in the back and legs.
A fracture may be complete or partial and is commonly caused by trauma due to a fall, motor vehicle accident or sports injury. Thinning of the bone due to osteoporosis in the elderly can also cause bones to break easily. Overuse injuries are a common cause of stress fractures in athletes.
Sports Medicine, also known as sports and exercise medicine (SEM), is a branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and prevention of sports and exercise-related injuries and improving fitness and performance. The main objective of sports medicine is to help individuals engage in sports and exercise in a safe and effective manner to accomplish their training goals.