SA Orthopaedic Journal
On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
DUNN, RN. Musculoskeletal burden of disease: do we have any idea?. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.2, pp. 20-22. ISSN 2309-8309.
Planning an orthopaedic surgical service is extremely difficult as we are faced with competing demands. Our teaching hospitals are expected to provide a comprehensive training yet the service is dominated by trauma-related patient care. In the past, elective orthopaedic surgery was often ring-fenced in separate hospitals but due to many reasons this has changed. All sub-specialities are competing for resources.