The basis of every therapy and treatment is a correct diagnosis. This sounds very simple at first. However, the path to the correct diagnosis must be skilfully followed. First of all, it takes time. We take this time for our patients. A detailed conversation with the patient (anamnesis) and a thorough physical examination are the foundation for any suspected or working diagnosis. In orthopaedics many illnesses can already be diagnosed at this point, so that further diagnostics can often be dispensed. This saves, among other things, X-rays and costs. If further laboratory (e.g. blood) and imaging examinations are necessary, they should be carried out promptly and rationally.
“Conventional X-ray diagnostics” is, if you like, the workhorse in orthopaedics and accident surgery. It enables the evaluation of bones and joints, serves the exclusion of fractures as well as the differentiation of tumours and provides information about degenerative (age-related) changes. Another increasingly important imaging aid is ultrasound. With the help of ultrasound, in particular the soft tissues, but also fluid accumulations close to the joints can be detected, as they occur in inflammations or after an accident. It is also possible to show the movement of a joint. As the latest diagnostic method, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become the method of choice for assessing pathological or accidental changes in ligaments, muscles and tendons. Further, additional examinations may be necessary. If necessary, these are selected individually according to the suspected diagnosis.
In recent decades, imaging diagnostics, especially magnetic resonance imaging, has been further developed and refined and provides an increase in information in everyday clinical practice that should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, the pure image findings are not always relevant for the functional symptoms of complaints. It is therefore indispensable to consider the available findings in the context of the complaints described by the patient.
The focus is on the human being – not the machine.
We will develop an individual therapy together with you by reviewing the existing findings. Here we complement each other with different specializations. It is always a requirement to exhaust conservative therapy options. If an operation should become necessary, joint preserving procedures are in the foreground.