Orthopaedic Medicine is the diagnosis and management of all those conditions affecting the moving parts of the body which are not well shown in X-rays or other imaging modalities such as Ultrasound or CT scans. Often an abnormality may show in the imaging that has nothing to do with the patient’s condition; the imaging has to match what the PATIENT has ; the patient does not have to match the imaging ! ! !.
It is a clinical method based very largely on the work and teachings of the late Dr. James Cyriax – the father of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Dr. Pitts is one of his few qualified Australian pupils and has been practicing orthopaedic medicine since 1961.
The conditions managed include spinal pain, sciatica, low back pain, referred pain, disc lesions, bulging discs, lumbago, pinched nerves, spinal arthritis, facet joint locking and arthritis, facet joint syndrome, slipped discs, disc prolapse, fibrositis, fibromyalgia, locked back, back strains, degenerate disc, lumbo-sacral strain, muscle spasm, narrowed or thin disc, osteophytes, sacroiliac strain, pulled muscle, torn muscle, twisted pelvis, displaced hip, displaced pelvis, displaced vertebra, strained ligament, strained muscle, spondylosis, postural strain, failed back surgery, and the everyday ailment of bad back.
Orthopaedic medicine also deals with neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain arising from the neck and shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow and other painful conditions affecting the arms, forearms, wrists and hands, as well as numbness and pins and needles in the fingers and other parts of the upper and lower limbs.
Head pain and cervical disc lesions as well as fibromyalgia/fibrositis and its various manifestations are accurately diagnosed and effectively treated.
In the lower limb and the pelvis, orthopaedic medicine deals with groin injuries, arthritis at the hip and knee, tears in the ligaments and cartilages, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains of the knee and ankle, hamstring and calf injuries; various sprains and lesions of the many soft tissues in these areas where the X-rays show little, and the other modalities of diagnosis are unhelpful.
We have not forgotten the various disorders of the foot and these include heel pain and spurs and other conditions affecting the feet
Orthopaedic medicine deals with torn muscles and sprains, and all sorts of sporting injuries. For approximately 70 years, it has provided logical treatments and rapid recovery for active participants, not only in sports and recreations but also in dance and other active leisure related activities. Many sprains and strains can respond almost miraculously to the sound treatments developed by Dr. Cyriax through his dedicated efforts over more than 50 years of professional practice and teaching in this field.
The specialty covers all the non-surgical injuries and conditions that sports people tend to suffer from, and all those conditions that regularly occur at work and in social activities of all kinds.
There is a resurgence of interest in the work of this great man (Dr. Cyriax) in most parts of the world, and we deeply and sincerely believe that these methods of diagnosis and treatment will become much more widely known and practised because they are based upon knowledge and careful, in-depth clinical assessment of what the patient actually is suffering from.
The particular methods of treatment include manipulation, mobilisation, injections of various types and deep transverse friction delivered directly to the cause of the pain, and Prolotherapy.
The best website for the work on Dr. Cyriax is http://www.om-cyriax.com/. There are links to The Society of Orthopaedic Medicine (UK) at www.somed.com, and to the European Teaching Group www.om-cyriax .com at these sites.