Movement medicine


Movement medicine covers the entire musculoskeletal system and comprises the fields of orthopaedics, traumatology, rheumotology, emergency surgery and sports medicine. It also includes the clarification and treatment of injuries, degenerative diseases, congenital abnormalities and tumours of the musculoskeletal system. Sports medicine involves advising and treating amateur and professional athletes, for example by means of performance diagnostics, sports physiotherapy, nutrition and training advice.


At Klinik Im Park, there are several centres which cover the entire field of sports medicine. The hospital has its own hand surgery centre for the treatment of diseases of the hand. The Institute for Physiotherapy and IMPARK TRAINING provide muscle development training after operations and injuries as well as outpatient rehabilitation.

Centres and Institutes

Centre for accident surgery

Seestrasse 220
8027 Zürich
T +41 44 209 20 40
F +41 44 209 20 45

Centre for orthopedy Zurich

Seestrasse 259
8038 Zürich
T +41 44 226 90 00
F +41 44 226 90 01

Centre for rheumatism and bone illnesses

Haus Bellaria
Bellariastrasse 38
8038 Zürich
T +41 44 209 24 11/20
F +41 44 209 24 14/28

FootInstitute Zurich

Kappelistrasse 7
CH-8002 Zurich
T+41 44 209 29 55
F +41 43 243 02 17

Hand surgery centre

Seestrasse 247
8038 Zürich
T +41 44 485 60 00
F +41 44 485 60 01

Handtherapy Zürich

Seestrasse 247

8038 Zurich

+41 44 485 60 07

+41 44 485 60 01


Ortho Clinic Zurich

Seestrasse 315
8038 Zurich

Dr. med. Igor Killer Casparis/PD Dr. med. Leonhard Ramseier/Dr. med. Atul Sukthankar/Prof. Dr. med. Clément Max Léonard Werner
T +41 44 201 40 04
F +41 44 201 40 41


Dr. med. Dieter Räber/Dr. med. Alex Tanner
T +41 43 344 40 10
F +41 43 344 40 11

Physiotherapy and impark training

Seestrasse 315
8038 Zürich
T +41 44 209 26 40
F +41 44 209 26 42

Swiss Scoliosis

Centre for spinal and scoliosis surgery
Seestrasse 220
CH-8027 Zurich
T +41 44 209 24 40
F +41 44 209 24 41



Surgery, a major branch of medical science, is concerned with treating disorders, injuries and physical deformities by means of interventions using equipment and instruments in or on the body.


A surgeon treats disorders or injuries using surgical interventions such as osteosynthesis to knit broken bones back together again. Increasingly, these days, surgeons use the latest techniques, such as lasers, endoscopy (use of an optical instrument) or even robots. In spite of all this, traditional methods such as plaster casts and splints continue to be used where appropriate.


Many surgeons specialise in certain parts of the body, e.g. the heart, blood vessels or brain.

hand surgery

A specialist who has already trained in general or paediatric surgery or plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery is able to further specialise in hand surgery. As part of his special training he learns all about the potential problems and injuries that can befall the hands, including congenital disorders.


The hand surgeon's particular speciality is carrying out surgical interventions on the hand. Operations are used to treat problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and for the osteosynthesis of breaks in the bones of the hand or the therapy of cuts to the hand's blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. The outcome of surgical interventions to the hand's multitude of very fine blood vessels, tendons and nerves is dependent upon a high degree of precision and dexterity on the part of the hand surgeon.


After the operation the doctor prescribes the patient with specific exercises that will help restore the function and mobility of the fingers. In so doing, the hand surgeon often works closely with a physiotherapist.

Orthopaedic surgery and traumatology

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on the musculoskeletal system that is responsible for a human being's movements, i.e. the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Changes to these parts of the body may be congenital or can occur as a result of a disorder. Traumatology deals specifically with accident-related injuries to the musculoskeletal system.


In replacing, say, a hip, shoulder or knee joint with an implant, present-day orthopaedic surgeons use highly developed surgical techniques such as computer-assisted navigation systems and even miniature robots. These methods guarantee the absolute precision required for interventions on joints.


As well as using the latest technology, the orthopaedic surgeon also makes use of traditional methods, such as special bandages made of plaster or other materials. He also specialises in a variety of technical aids, e.g. prosthetics, walking aids or insoles.

Physical medicine and rehabilitation

Illnesses or accidents can cause problems with the normal functioning of the body and can even lead to disability. Such cases call for the expertise of the specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.


He creates a tailor-made plan for the treatment of each patient. He is able to arrange for movement therapy, heat and cold therapy, massages, etc. with the aim of completely restoring – rehabilitating – the functions of the body, or at least reducing the constraints placed on it.


The expertise of the specialist in physical medicine comes into its own following implantations of joint prosthetics, after severe fractures, and for patients with chronic muscle and joint conditions or paralysis.


Rheumatology is the branch of medicine that deals with disorders and dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system, responsible for a human being's movements. In particular, it covers inflammations of the bones, joints and musculature, but also includes inner organs and the nervous system.


The rheumatologist is an expert in disorders such as arthritis, arthrosis and osteoporosis. He is mainly concerned with diagnosing and treating these conditions. He knows how to perform the major forms of examination, such as ultrasound, or extracting fluid from the joints. As many rheumatic conditions are very painful, he also knows how pain has to be combated.


The rheumatologist is able to call upon a range of drugs to treat these conditions. He is also familiar with the various forms of therapy used by the specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Sports medicine (SGSM)

Sports medicine involves preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders or impairments that may be triggered or worsened by sports activity, caring for those engaged in sport, and using targeted physical activities to maintain or regain health. Sports medicine also includes sports orthopaedics, performance diagnostics, sports physiotherapy, sports nutrition and sports psychology. The insights and research results derived from the field are integrated into training, rehabilitation, therapy and prevention programmes.

Spine surgery

Spine surgery addresses the entire spectrum of diseases and injuries of the vertebral column.


Thus it represents an overlap between two specialties, orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery. Surgical management of the spine demands profound knowledge of the diverse surgical techniques as well as the function and position of the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, tendons and muscles, but also of the spinal cord and the local nerves.


Spine surgery focuses on the surgical management of slipped discs, vertebral fractures, injuries, instability, degenerative and rheumatic charges or congenital deformities of the spine as well as scoliosis, kyphosis and humpback.


The surgical treatment of abscesses and tumours of the whole spine also falls within this special discipline.

Find more information about the core medical services of the Privatklinikgruppe Hirslanden here.

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