Life Healthcare and Sports Science Orthopaedic clinic team up to provide more options for disadvantaged sports people.
More disadvantaged sportsmen and women are set to benefit from a partnership between the Life Healthcare Group and the newly established Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. The clinic, sponsored by Life Healthcare, offers an acute sports injury emergency facility for top sports people and the public including Stormers and Western Province rugby players, says its director Dr Dion O’Cuinneagain.
“Many disadvantaged sports people have already received specialised treatment at our facility thanks to the Thembakazi Project which aims to provide an excellent medical service to talented athletes who do not have access to private healthcare. Our partnership with the Life Healthcare Group means we will be able to do even more to help develop our country’s talent. Western Province Rugby, now in conjunction with Life Healthcare and the Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic, will also be offering this service through their medical team co-ordinated by Dr Ryan Kohler.
“The clinic was established to offer sporting professionals more healthcare options when it comes to injuries,” says Dr O’Cuinneagain. “Soft tissue sporting injuries are not picked up by x-rays, and can result in potential long-term problems or unnecessary delays in treatment if they are not identified quickly. The Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic offers an emergency room for any orthopaedic injury, including swollen knees, twisted ankles or shoulder pain.”
Facilities at the Sports Science Orthopaedic Clinic include X-ray, ultrasound and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. Patients are treated by a team of medical specialists including sports physicians and super-specialised orthopaedic surgeons who focus on knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows and hands. Patients also have access to physiotherapists and biokineticists.