The human locomotor apparatus is a complex system that is comprised of not only bones, muscles and joints, but also tendons, nerves and ligaments. Orthopaedists in Germany work to restore the functions of these organs, improve and facilitate their mobility, and enhance the patient's quality of life through conventional therapy or surgical intervention. Doctors competence in treating congenital defects and preventing chronic diseases and injuries of the locomotive system is second to none.

It is well known that quality and safety compromises are incompatible with the German culture and work ethics. Thanks to thorough educational approach and extensive on-the-job clinical practice, doctors acquire exceptional knowledge in the field of conventional treatment. Specialists have a deep understanding of joint biomechanics, which makes it possible to avoid extensive interventions, including prosthetics.

Primary areas of orthopaedics are sports medicine, prosthetics and rehabilitation. There are a number of highly specialised centres in Germany, for example, for endoprosthesis, foot surgery and spine treatment.

All standards are monitored by the German Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, which has around 10,500 members. It was founded in Berlin in 2008. Creating platforms for scientific exchange and communication of vital latest developments, and establishing guidelines for diagnosis and treatment in the field of orthopaedics and traumatology are among its key tasks.

Thanks to the combination of the latest medical products and unique therapeutic training, physiotherapy and manual therapy, making a full recovery has never been easier. Even if surgical intervention is unavoidable, German doctors use minimally invasive methods (arthroscopy) that are not available in other countries. Inpatient stay is reduced to 3-4 days allowing the patient to return to their usual way of life much faster.

One of the most common problems that German clinics are faced with is the need for endoprosthesis. Joint replacement is a highly complex operation, the effectiveness of which is ensured by the manufacturing of a prosthetics device according to individual measurements, use of a high-tech navigation system for its installation and maintaining all hygienic standards. The country has adopted a practise of efficient partial replacement of knee and hip joints that allows to preserve their mobility and facilitate a swift post-surgery recovery.

Specialised institutions include the Orthopaedic Centre Munich East, the Athos Clinic Munich, the Brothers of Mercy Hospital, the Molecular Orthopaedic Centre at St Vincent's Hospital.
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