Get ready for the ski season! Have your winter sports injury checked by London Orthopaedic Clinic (TLOC)


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Winter Sports Injury

Skiing is one of the most popular winter activities and is considered an extreme sport. Many residents of London travel abroad each ski season to hit the slopes. It’s a fun sport that can be done by adults so long as you are well equipped with protective gear. However, it’s very common for skiing injuries to occur if you are an inexperienced skier, or even if you're an experienced one, which is why you must take the necessary precautions and training in order to avoid injuries. TLOC offers pre-emptive treatments that will help you enjoy skiing safely and make the most out of the ski season.

In the past year, TLOC reported that there is a steady increase in winter sports injury. These ski injuries would often occur during unforeseen terrain when you may encounter a lump and aren’t prepared for the jump. Falling in a situation like this would often lead to painful hip or knee injuries. Due to your momentum as well, you won’t be prepared for the fall and may also risk injuring your spine and in some cases your head.

If left untreated and unchecked by a doctor or in a ski clinic, you may suffer long term problems. No matter how you feel after the fall, you must always consult a specialist and get the proper check up to make sure that you have not experienced any damages which could develop in to a serious situation.


Knee Injuries

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Since skiing relies on the lower part of your body for balance, your knees are the most likely targets for injury. A sudden change in direction or improper footing using the skis will eventually damage your knees.

Knee injuries such as the MCL or also known as medial collateral ligament injuries would often occur if you fall without any change in the direction of your body and your knee falls inwards. You will feel swelling and bruising. However, you may still be able to walk with minimum weight or stress on the knee. This injury can often take 1 to 3 months to heal depending on the damage.

The usual cases of knee injuries are often related to ACL injuries or Anterior Cruciate Ligament sprain or tear. This occurs when the knee twists beyond normal. You will often hear a pop when it happens. Once it occurs you will feel like your knee is dislocated and will start to swell. The injury could take a long time to heal depending on the severity of the injury. A severely damaged ACL will likely lead to surgery and may take up to 6 months for it to fully recover.

If you do experience falling and feel even the slightest pain on your knees, it’s very important for you to consult a reputable knee specialist and get the necessary knee pain treatment.


‘After my injury I could hardly walk… but now I’m skydiving!’

“The operation itself went smoothly and Mr Ghoz talked me through everything he had done along with providing me with detailed notes to take to my Physiotherapist and GP.” - Josh Gibson, 24, Physicist


“Without Him I Wouldn’t Have Bowled Again”

“When the operation was finished I found his concern and interest in my rehabilitation both professional and caring. I’m not a ‘champion’ bowler, but without his skill I do not think that I would have been able to even play again.” - John Smith of Tilehurst, 73, Secretary of the Prospect Park Bowls Club


Retired cleaner from Huntingdon undergoes pioneering knee surgery

“It is absolutely marvellous; I really had no pain after I came out of the operation and it has changed my life for the better.” - Jacqueline Baxter of Ferrars Court, Huntingdon

Get To Know Our Specialists

Knee Specialist - Professor Ali Ghoz

Professor Ali Ghoz is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hip and knee surgery. In 2013, Professor Ali Ghoz completed a Fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstructive surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and in 2014 completed the Australian Orthopaedic Association accredited Adult Hip/Knee Arthroplasty, Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.

Professor Ali Ghoz is a visiting Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in Moldova and has global experience including work in Australia, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Specialist Areas

  • Primary hip replacement
  • Muscle sparing anterior hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing arthroplasty
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Computer aided surgery
  • Knee arthroscopic surgery
  • Soft tissue knee reconstruction surgery
  • Revision hip & knee surgery

Upper Limb Specialists - Mr. Brian Cohen and Mr. Simon Owen-Johnstone

Mr. Brian Cohen is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in surgery of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand as well as arthroscopic techniques, trauma of the upper limb whilst also treating general trauma. 

“After qualifying from The Royal London Hospital in 1982, I trained in surgery in London and then in Cambridge. I completed my MD on the remodelling of bone in response to prosthetic implants and then spent a year on a sports medicine fellowship at a specialist orthopaedic sports clinic in Australia, learning advanced arthroscopic techniques.”

I was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at University College NHS Trust (UCLH) and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of London in 1996. In 1997 I was awarded the prestigious European Travelling Fellowship for the European Shoulder and Elbow Society. I was Clinical Director of Musculoskeletal Services at UCLH between 2000 and 2002. In 2004 I left the NHS and I now work solely in private practice.”


Mr. Simon Owen-Johnstone* is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in conditions of the upper limb including the shoulder, clavicle, elbow, wrist and hand.

Having studied medicine at the University of Leicester, Mr Owen-Johnstone became a junior surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and continued his higher surgical training at Barts taking him to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and Great Ormond Street on rotation.

He became a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Bartholomews and The Royal London in 2004 working on multiple major injuries brought by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. In addition, he was Orthopaedic Lead Clinician before leaving the NHS in 2011 to work solely in the private sector. Mr Owen-Johnstone has built up a prominent reputation through his experience within London teaching hospitals in the NHS and his work with the Trauma Services.

Specialist Areas

Acromioclavicular joint injuries
Arthritis of the base of the thumb
Arthritis of the shoulder
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
DeQuervain’s tenovitis
Dupuytren’s disease

Frozen shoulder
Ganglion cysts
Hand and Wrist
Mallet finger
Rotator cuff tears
Scaphoid fractures
Shoulder and Elbow Conditions
Shoulder dislocations

Subacromial impingement
Tendon and Nerve Conditions or Injuries
Tennis elbow
Trigger Finger
Performance Arts Medicine*
Sports and Orthopaedic Medicine*
Winter sports injuries

Foot and Ankle Specialist - Mr. Lee Parker

Mr. Lee Parker is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in disorders of the adult foot and ankle. His NHS practice is based in the foot and ankle and limb reconstruction unit of the Royal London and Newham University Hospital.

He qualified from the University of Southampton in 2002 and was awarded a distinction in medical sciences. He undertook research within the University Orthopaedic Department at Southampton General Hospital before his orthopaedic training on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore rotation. He has worked in several highly regarded hospitals within London during his training including the Royal Free, Great Ormond Street and the tertiary referral foot and ankle unit of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mr Parker has undertaken advanced foot and ankle fellowship training within the Avon Orthopaedic Unit in Bristol focusing on arthroscopic ankle and hindfoot surgery. He was also awarded the European Foot and Ankle Society travelling fellowship in 2014 taking him through specialist foot and ankle units in Switzerland, Belgium and Spain.

Specialist Areas

Hallux valgus (bunion) correction and revision surgery
Lesser toe deformity
Arthritis of the foot and ankle
Arthroscopic (key-hole) ankle and subtalar surgery

Arthroscopic fusion surgery of the ankle and hindfoot
Ankle replacement
Flat foot (pes planus) and high arch foot (pes cavus) correction
Tendon surgery

Hindfoot re-alignment including MIS (minimally-invasive) calcaneal osteotomy
Sports injuries of the foot and ankle
Ankle ligament reconstruction
Fracture surgery of the foot and ankle

About London Orthopaedic Clinic (TLOC)

TLOC provides multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment from our expert team. Our outpatients clinic is located within the historic and internationally renowned Harley Street Medical area and our surgeons operate at prestigious hospitals within this enclave of clinical excellence including; King Edward VII’s Hospital, The London Clinic and The Weymouth Street Hospital.

We offer innovative care options, including surgical and conservative treatment with transparent information and measurable outcomes.

TLOC is constantly striving to provide high performance orthopaedic treatment, surgery and care to make a real difference to our patients’ lives.

We offer superior treatment and advice derived from the experience of our surgeons and specialists. Our tight-knit and focused group use collaboration and innovation to produce actual results. The energetic team at TLOC act with honesty, integrity and moral responsibility; we are transparent with the information that we give to patients. We are accountable for our actions and genuinely care about our patients.

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June 6, 2016

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