Archive: Orthopaedics

Discharge advice following attendance with a radial head/neck fracture

You have a very small break in the radial head or neck – one of the bones in your elbow. • These fractures almost always heal well with time and...

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Discharge advice: Paediatric (Children’s) clavicle fracture

Your child has fractured their clavicle (collar bone). • This type of fracture is common in children. • This type of fracture heals well – the only treatments required are...

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Discharge advice mallet finger injury

You have snapped the tendon that normally straightens the end joint of the finger. The tendon may even pull off a small fragment of bone. • This causes the tip...

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Discharge advice 5th metatarsal fracture

You have fractured a bone on the outer part of your foot. • The fracture has occurred in a part of the bone which normally heals well without problems. •...

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Discharge advice following attendance with a hand (5th metacarpal) fracture

• You have a minor break near the knuckle and it will usually settle in three weeks. • It may take six weeks or longer before your hand returns to...

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Advice sheet for Patients fitted with a Polypropylene Cast

You have been fitted with a synthetic cast. It is made of a material which is lighter, stronger and more water resistant than traditional plaster. The cast is at full...

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Tennis / Golfer’s Elbow

What is tennis / golfer’s elbow? Tennis or golfers elbow is caused by inflammation of the tendons at the side of the elbow (golfers on the inside, tennis on the...

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Knee Arthroscopy

What is a knee arthroscopy? A knee arthroscopy is a procedure whereby a ‘telescope-like’ instrument is used to look inside the knee. It is a minor surgical procedure used for...

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Hip Spica

What Is A Hip Spica? A hip spica is a lightweight plaster cast; it covers one leg down to the knee and other treated leg down to the toes and...

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Dupuytren’s Contracture

What is Dupuytren’s Contracture? It is a contracture of the normal fibrous layer of tissue in the palm. It frequently runs in families and there is higher incidence in people...

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