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Frequently Asked Questions- General
What are your business hours?
Our offices are open 0830 to 1700 hours, Monday through Friday (except holidays).
Appointments can be made by calling our specialist practice managers during office hours.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis.
It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers
and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling
in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the
cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect
any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.
Can x-rays be done in your practice?
Yes, we have an x-ray facility within our practice.
Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting a full
range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually takes months.
That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs
come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to maximise
your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important
determinants in the success of your surgery.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment Remember to get the following:
- Have your insurance information.
- Copies of operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans
and so on from prior doctor visits.
- If you have seen a physiotherapist, please bring a progress letter from
- If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your