Orthopaedic examination – Early detection and diagnosis

Orthopaedic examination – Early detection and diagnosis

Orthopaedic examination? Why?

Back pains can have numerous causes, severely affect quality of life and they can even be signs of a life-threatening disease, such as an aortic aneurysm or shingles. The clarification of the causes of back pain requires a thorough orthopaedic examination. The orthopaedic examination serves to clarify causes, to exclude dangerous diseases or nerve damage and to pave the way for therapy which brings back mobility and freedom from pain.

What happens during an orthopaedic examination?

The orthopaedic examination starts with a visual inspection of the vertebral column: Hollow back? Hunchback? Flat back? Are the shoulder blades and waist symmetrical? Are the vertebral column and pelvis straight? Smaller diversions from symmetry are normal, but larger diversions can be an indication of, for example, scoliosis. Postural defects which cause back pains are particularly obvious by checking the gait when the patient takes a few steps back and forth.

In the next examination step, the doctor examines the vertebral column and back muscles for differences and tensions, or to detect painful muscles.

The mobility of the vertebral column is then examined through various test exercises.

If these tests are not possible as part of an orthopaedic examination due to pain, a neurological examination is required to exclude possible nerve damage. In the process, the doctor tests different reflexes among other things. An MRI can provide a view of deeper structures.

Why visit the Wiener Privatklinik for an orthopaedic examination?

The Wiener Privatklinik not only offers you some of Vienna’s best medical specialists, but also specialists and the necessary technical diagnostic equipment for the detailed clarification of the causes of pains in the musculoskeletal system. And the best doctors and physiotherapists for the immediate treatment.

Early detection and timely treatment at the highest level are the best guarantee for a long, pain-free life.

You can obtain more detailed information on the orthopaedic examination from our telephone info-line or by email. All contact details can be found on our Contact page.

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