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Whether you have a sports injury or ligament pain, body aches are never comfortable. But thanks to dedicated orthopedists and innovative treatment methods, help is quickly available and does not always have to be invasive.
“Many of the cases submitted to the orthopedic department require simple forms of nonsurgical treatments that range from some medications and supplements, physical therapy, rehabilitation, splints for injuries, and sometimes simple instructions on how to correct posture and lifestyle changes,” explains Dr. Ahmed Labib, Consultant – Orthopedics and Sports Injuries, Department Head at Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai (AZHD).
Most cases presented to the orthopedic department require simple forms of non-surgical treatments, ranging from some medications and supplements, physical therapy, rehabilitation, splints for injuries, and sometimes simple instructions on how to correct posture and lifestyle changes.
– Dr. Ahmed Labib, Senior Physician – Orthopedics and Sports Injuries, Head of Department at Al Zahra Hospital, Dubai
While some people may be discouraged from seeking help for an illness in case the problem needs surgery, this type of medical intervention at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai is usually a last resort.
“Cases that require surgery are mostly complex fractures and torn ligaments that cause instability problems or back problems. As surgeons, we need to present progressive lines of treatment to patients and therefore only consider surgery if all other treatment modalities have not been effective, ”says Dr. Labib.
However, it is important to note that, like any other medical condition, early treatment is essential.
“I advise patients, especially if they have an injury, even if they find it minor, to get examined, as even minor injuries require simple treatment to keep things from getting worse or becoming chronic, and we know that sooner the examinations, the easier and more effective the treatment, ”says Dr. Labib.
The orthopedic surgeons at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai treat a wide variety of ailments, some of which are more common than others.
“Orthopedic problems that occur frequently can be divided into two categories: either injuries to the bones, joints and ligaments from trauma, overuse or chronic pain mainly in the knee, neck and back. We work with the latest technological advances in diagnostics, including the latest 3Tesla MRI, which will help us identify the root of any musculoskeletal problem, ”explains Dr. Ihab Hussein, specialist in orthopedic surgery specializing in spinal treatments.
“We are working with the latest technological advances in diagnostics, including the latest 3Tesla MRI, which will help us identify the root of any musculoskeletal problem.”
– Dr. Ihab Hussein, specialist in orthopedic surgery, specializing in spinal treatments
When it comes to chronic pain, Dr. Labib, early treatment is important, and even in situations that require surgical intervention, it is mostly minimally invasive.
“Minimally invasive operations have developed into a widespread modality in the orthopedic department of the AZHD, including arthroscopic joint operations, numerous injuries, especially to the shoulder and knee, and several back problems are treated daily with minimally invasive interventions,” adds Dr. Labib added. “This enables less pain, earlier recovery and better maintenance and restoration of function.”
Whatever the problem, there are different solutions thanks to the experienced team that work together to get the best results.
“The best way to ensure comprehensive and excellent care is to offer multiple subspecialty teamwork that allows the patient to be referred internally to a counselor who has extensive experience in this particular condition to do the best To offer opportunities for a better recovery, ”explains Dr. Ihab Hussein. “The team houses a spine department, a sports injury management department, an endoprosthetic department and a pediatric orthopedic department that work with a fully equipped physiotherapy and rehabilitation team.”
With a diverse team of experts, complementary treatments are also available to aid recovery.
Dr. Andreas Appelt, Senior Physician Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine – MD, AZHD, says: “We are combining advanced Western medical practice (conventional medicine) with complementary Eastern medicine to improve treatment protocols and provide orthopedic patients with the best care and outcomes. When patients see an orthopedic surgeon, their main concern is to be sent straight to surgery. It is important to consider and exhaust all alternative treatments before considering major invasive surgery. “
We combine advanced western medical practice (conventional medicine) with complementary eastern medicine to improve treatment protocols and provide the best care and outcomes for orthopedic patients.
– Dr. Andreas Appelt, Senior Physician Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine – MD, AZHD
Although Dr. Appelt points out that conservative treatment is not applicable in all cases, he suggests that it be the first line of treatment in about 90 percent of patients.
“Conservative treatment refers to a medical method of treatment that avoids invasive surgery and interventions. It uses methods that cause minimal to no harm, including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, and medication. Although many physicians use physical therapy as their primary form of complementary non-invasive treatment, acupuncture and chiropractic have shown significant benefits in inpatient recovery. “
In fact, a combination of conventional and complementary treatments can produce very successful recovery.
“At Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, we believe that the best results for our patients can be achieved through integrative medical treatments,” says Dr. Appelt.
“Acupuncture is a traditional treatment that helps relieve pain,” he adds. “It focuses on specific trigger points that can support the treatment process and help relieve pain. In addition, the chiropractic orientation adjusts the body’s range of motion and helps identify the cause of the problem or pain. “
By providing world class surgical and non-invasive treatments for various orthopedic and sports medicine problems, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai has been accredited with two centers of excellence in orthopedics.
“The hospital received accreditation for ACL and rotator cuff injuries and certification as a center of excellence in these two areas by providing thousands of patients with an international standard protocol for assessment, treatment and post-operative recovery,” said Dr. Labib.
Whether you have knee pain, tennis elbow or back pain, do not be afraid to seek help, because you are sure to be in the best, competent hands.
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