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Meniscal Injuries, is Surgery the answer?

Arthroscopic surgery to treat either a degenerative meniscus or an acute meniscal tear has been topical in the past 10-15 years. It has been said that one sub-group who may benefit are those with symptoms of "catching" and/or "locking" of the knee. If these...

Lateral Collateral Ligament(LCL) Injuries

Lateral Collateral Ligament(LCL) Injuries

The knee has four main ligamentous structures that act to stabilise the joint and limit excess movement. One of these ligaments is known as the Lateral Collateral Ligament, or the LCL for short. The LCL runs over the outside of the knee and attaches the thigh bone...

Why and how do Shoulder Dislocations happen?

Why and how do Shoulder Dislocations happen?

A shoulder can dislocate when the humerus (ball of your arm) is forced out of the glenoid labrum (socket). Shoulder subluxation is a partial shoulder dislocation when the shoulder joint comes part-way out before relocating on its own.  There are 3 ways a shoulder...

Pneumonia, want to avoid it this winter?

Pneumonia, want to avoid it this winter?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by either a viral or bacterial disease. The lungs become inflamed as your alveoli (tiny air sacs) become filled with fluid, causing an infection to arise. During winter Pneumonia...

Should you ice after an injury?

Should you ice after an injury?

Over the past 5 years, there has been a topical debate over whether we should ice after an injury or not. In 1978 we used the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation,) to treat any soft tissue injury. This acronym has evolved over the years to PRICE...

The ‘New’ Normal!

The ‘New’ Normal!

The first time your cat rested itself upon your keyboard was cute. The second..third - fourth time, a little less cute, a little more diabolical.  We are seeing laws relax and people and businesses itching to return to work. Businesses across every sector are...

Where Have All The Patients Gone?

Where Have All The Patients Gone?

Hallmarking the signs of war - fear and terror preparing for the onslaught. Battle shields (face) ready. Through the wall and doors - burst like a ruthless force. Reasonable preparation as we watched our Italian colleagues decide who lives or dies. The Trolley...

What To Do Next After You Roll Your Ankle?

What To Do Next After You Roll Your Ankle?

It was a gorgeous sunny day, and while you were talking to your friend you unexpectedly missed the bottom step and 'rolled' your ankle. This is the common story we hear all the time.  What is a fractured ankle?  The two bones in your lower leg are called the...

ACL Injuries and Where We Are Going Wrong

ACL Injuries and Where We Are Going Wrong

From a patient who has suffered two ACL reconstruction’s consecutively over a 2-year period, I understand how traumatic they truly can be. In Sydney we have one of the highest re-injury rates of ACL reconstructions. Up to 40% of patients have been reported to suffer a...

What is actually happening when we talk about a ‘pinched nerve’

What is actually happening when we talk about a ‘pinched nerve’

Cervical or lumbar radiculopathy or also referred to as a ‘pinched nerve’ refers to when a nerve is irritated or compressed as it passes through the tunnel of the spine in either the neck or back. This tunnel is very small in nature and gets smaller as we age and...

Diagnosed with iron deficiency? What now?

Diagnosed with iron deficiency? What now?

At the Walk-in Specialist Emergency Clinic, WiSE we offer iron infusions (Ferinject) to appropriate patients who have been identified as iron deficient and for whom oral iron replacement has not been sufficient or is not appropriate.  For further details see our...

Work Injuries

Work Injuries

Injuries at work do occur. As an employee or employer, time off work can be really difficult. No one has time to wait hours in your local hospital emergency department or spend days accessing various services and waiting for results. The WiSE Specialist Emergency...

Recipe – Green Smoothie

Recipe – Green Smoothie

Getting your five serves of fruit and vegetables a day just got a whole lot easier. Unlike a juice, this smoothie keeps all the fibre intact, and with less fruit than vegetables, it keeps sugar levels to a minimum. Smoothies also reduce food waste - blemish? Who...

What is osteoarthritis?

What is osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects the joints of the body and structures such as bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. These result in pain and a loss in mobility and a reduction in quality of life. Swelling around the joint Painful...