Is it my back or my hips?
It is sometimes very difficult, even for doctors and clinicians, to differentiate between lower back/ spine problems, and hip joint problems, as a cause for a patient’s discomfort. Patient’s themselves, often come to their doctors not knowing whether to complain of back or hip pain, and what is an even greater conundrum, is the “double crush “phenomenon.
Returning from vacation is always difficult, even for the best of us. Lounging around makes one very lazy very fast. It’s easy to get accustomed to that lifestyle. This makes being on call your first weekend back especially difficult. Everything you did on a daily basis before, suddenly becomes stressful.
The Human Spirit
The drive and determination of the Human Spirit never ceases to amaze me. On the first of October 2017, a young man in his early thirties was airlifted from a motorcycle accident scene on the N7, by the AMS helicopter.
There are days that seem to drag on interminably, and then, there are days which remind why I chose this career in the first place. I recently had the privilege of caring for an 82yr old lady who fell at her home 3 days before coming to hospital.
Satisfaction that money can’t buy
It is a great privilege to be able to help those in need regain their mobility. The pleasure I receive from seeing people walking around pain free after their joint replacement, is a feeling that money can’t buy. It’s this satisfaction which drives medical professionals to provide the highest standard of quality healthcare service.
Learning never ends
Conferences… South African Arthroplasty Association April 21-23. AO Masters Damage Control Orthopaedic Surgery with Anatomical Specimen Dissection April 27-29.