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Sport and physical exercise adds enormous quality to our lives, whether it’s for the social contact or physical contact, for fun or for work.

Sports injuries can happen at any time and anywhere – the result of an accident, overworking the body or from repetitive action over a long period of time. Sometimes, injuries may be ignored in the hope that a period of rest will provide an effective cure.

Whether you are a professional elite athlete or recreational sportsperson, sports injuries are treated more effectively if they are treated quickly, so you can get back to your favourite sport as quickly as possible.

Uniquely, the Sports Medicine Center focuses on acute care which means that we diagnose and treat sports related injuries quickly; it’s all about results – faster treatment means better healing and quicker recovery.

Whatever your sport – from football to tennis, golf to skiing, riding to surfing, rugby to cricket – the dedicated Sports Medicine Center at the American Hospital Dubai can keep you in the game, with a range of expertise to treat the sports injuries that are increasingly common amongst a young and active population in Dubai, the UAE and wider region.

The Sports Medicine Center’s multidisciplinary team has the extensive experience and expertise needed to tackle problems with all the major joints, such as shoulder, hip, ankle, knee, as well as other sports related injuries. The clinic offers advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques supported by a team of leading radiologists and physiotherapists.

When it comes to sports injuries, you want the best team on your side.

The Sports Medicine Center at the American Hospital Dubai is a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive services and care – even for acute sports injuries. The team includes orthopedic surgeons, imaging specialists and physiotherapists and other therapists who team up to get you back to match fitness, fast. From imaging/diagnostics to a range of specialist treatments and advanced rehabilitation, everything you need is available under one roof.

The Center sees patients with sports injuries of all the major joints. The ability to see inside the joint is vital. Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used by orthopedic surgeons to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. The department has the most advanced arthroscopy equipment, highly specialized surgeons and, just as importantly, the team to manage the rehabilitation process, which helps to keep patients playing.


About arthroscopy

In an arthroscopic examination, an orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s skin and then inserts pencil-sized instruments that contain a small lens and lighting system to magnify and illuminate the structures inside the joint. Light is transmitted through fiber optics to the end of the arthroscope that is inserted into the joint.

By attaching the arthroscope to a miniature camera, the surgeon is able to see the interior of the joint through this very small incision rather than a large incision needed for surgery.

The camera attached to the arthroscope displays the image of the joint on a screen, allowing the surgeon to look, for example, throughout the knee. This lets the surgeon see the cartilage, ligaments, and meniscus. The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and then repair or correct the problem, if it is necessary.

Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made, which may be more accurate than through ‘open’ surgery or from X-ray studies. Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument; these include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist.


Advanced Rehabilitation Unit

The new Advanced Rehabilitation Unit is a dedicated facility located in the hospital’s  Bed Tower. With a total of 22 private rooms, the unit provides patient-centric therapy and comprehensive patient care under one roof. The multidisciplinary team consists of more than 20 staff.

The Advanced Rehabilitation Unit at the American Hospital Dubai provides a unique range and combination of services for post surgical treatment, such as joint replacement surgery, and for a wide range of medical conditions from sports and other accidents/injuries to chronic degenerative disease. The team provides general and specialised therapies and rehabilitation for every member of the family including adults and children.

All the therapists at the Rehabilitation Unit are trained to meet International Physical therapy standards with many years of experience.

  1. Emergency Assessment – acute or fast track assessment and diagnostics of sports related injuries
  2. Imaging Services — advanced imaging equipment and technology for diagnosing sports injuries including X-ray, CT and MRI.
  3. Bone and Joint Services — highly specialized surgical expertise, novel methods to repair injuries and correct bone and joint problems
  4. Physical Therapy — sports-related rehabilitation



Doctors in this Department

Other Doctors in this Department

Dr. Tarek Abuzakuk

MD, Chief of the Orthopedic Department
Orthopedic Surgeon

American Hospital Dubai

Dr. Ghazwan Maki

MD, M.B.Ch.B
Orthopedic Surgeon

American Hospital Dubai