At Cairns’ very own OrthoShep we fully appreciate that your orthopaedic concerns need to be addressed as quickly as possible enabling your quality of life to be restored

As an orthopaedic patient you will have greater peace of mind in the understanding that when visiting OrthShep we do specialise in all orthopaedic sciences, including lower limbs to provide the quality of care that is totally in tune with your concerns.

Following on from your GP’s referral we will carefully and thoroughly address all your concerns offering a detailed examination of the symptoms and problems you are experiencing.

We will always display a caring and sensitive approach to accurately assess and/or diagnose your condition. We fully understand your concerns and they become our primary focus.

We will also evaluate any previous treatments, if applicable, determining their effectiveness in your future and/or on-going treatments. This is the best way to provide the needed long-term benefits.

Your GP will no doubt order X-Rays of your condition prior to our appointment and, if further testings be required, we will then arrange those for you in an equally efficient and timely manner.

Following on from this examination and testing we’ll be accurately diagnosing what the problems really are and then discuss all the treatment options that will be needed to solve and even rectify the condition. We will advise on any future treatments along with any possible lifestyle adjustments.

Consider this overview (only) of some common conditions, their causes and their affects


This is a common wear process in the joints and usually occurs in older patients however sports people can suffer the effects along with patients who have damaged any joints after an accident.

Torn Meniscus (Cartilage)

The meniscus is the so-called cartilage in your knee. It can be without much force or an identifiable injury. It could be as simple as moving the wrong way. Once torn, any knee movement is painful.

Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

People will know when the anterior cruciate ligament is damaged as much force is usually experienced. It is most common ligament that you hear about sportsmen having reconstructions for.

Rotator Cuff Syndrome

Is a ball in a cup on each shoulder. A tendon is situated above a bony arch which, with any activity rubs the tendon, which will, over many years wear out. It develops very slowly… to being severe.

Dislocated Shoulder

Your shoulder is a ball and a cup, and a dislocation can occur when the Glenoid Labrum tears. The ball literally jumps out of the cup. A dislocation can be caused by simply throwing a ball.

Frozen Shoulder

Is a stiff shoulder and is generally painful. A human reaction is to hold the shoulder still, which in turn causes the linings of the shoulder to stick. Any movement at this point will cause much pain.

Mechanical Back Pain

The spine consists of bones stacked up like building blocks. Between each bone is the disc. They are effectively all bits of the same joint controlled by various muscles. All joints can, ultimately wear out.

Nerve root compression

External forces can press certain nerves that pass through the spine. It can occur suddenly such as a disc prolapse but will more than likely occur over a time. Symptoms are pain in the buttocks/legs.


Who is David Shepherd?

David Shepherd, born, educated and trained in Queensland, is the Director of Cairns’ much renowned OrthoShep, a private practice located in the Cairns hospital precincts. Since 1993, David and his professional team have helped many patients with their orthopaedic concerns.

We fully endorses an exercise regime for bone health

When you engage in regular physical activity you will build healthy bones. With aging, bones can become very weak and fragile and regular exercise, which can be at a home with a personal trainer, at a gym or even with your preferred physiotherapist is important for building strong bones and it is essential for maintaining bone strength.

When surgery is needed

Working with the professional theatre team at the Cairns Private Hospital we are able to carry out all surgical procedures effectively. The ward is staffed by experienced and qualified nurses who provide a quality care thanks to their extensive orthopaedic experience. The unit is supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physio and occupational therapists.

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