Specialist in Sports Injuries
Sport is part of everyday life for many Australians. We love participating in it, we love watching it, and it’s part of the fabric of our culture.
Unfortunately, this love of sport and outdoor activity can lead to sporting injuries. Fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, and ligament injuries are all common. The majority of minor injuries can be managed with Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) in the acute stages.
As with any medical condition or emergency, your first point of contact will be with either your GP or the medical team in the emergency department, depending on the severity of the injury and urgency of treatment. You may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon immediately, or later if your recovery isn’t going to plan.
About your surgeon
Dr Jason Ward is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in sports injuries. He has extensive expertise in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle. He also specialises in joint replacement of the knee, hip and shoulder.
Dr Ward participates in a variety of recreational sports. and he understands the benefits of being active. He also understands the elite mindset required for competitive sports and the training requirements involved.
When to see an orthopaedic surgeon
- If your injury is not resolved by traditional treatments
- If your break is significant
- If you have a serious tendon or ligament injury
- When you are referred by your GP
Common surgical treatments for Sports Injuries
- ACL Reconstruction
- Ankle Arthroscopy
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Rotator Cuff Surgery
- Shoulder Arthroscopy
Typical Sports Injuries
- Fractures, including Clavicle or Humerus
- AC joint injury
- Meniscal Injury
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Damage
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Damage
- Femoroacetabular Impingement
- Achilles Tendon (Achilles Tendinopathy)
- Damage to Lateral Ankle Ligaments
- Ankle Osteochondral Lesions (OCL)
- Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Lesions
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Bankart Lesion
How to avoid Sports Injuries
- Drink plenty of water
- Develop a fitness plan
- Warm-up and cool down when exercising
- Acclimatise to the conditions
- Use the right equipment, and wear the right clothing
- Start off nice and steady
- Respect and treat injuries