This is the most fundamental part of an orthopaedic evaluation or assessment. It is an investigation that can be done straight away, takes a few minutes and provides me with information about the bone , the alignment of the limb and the state of the joints. It also excludes many rare but serious conditions relating to bone and other general health conditions affecting your kidneys and other organs. In some straight forward cases I may request for you have X-rays prior to your consultation to make the whole episode smoother for you. It is the first line investigation for trauma patients to identify fractures, and monitor their progress in healing.