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Departments of orthopaedics, trauma surgery and sports medicine

Dr. med. Rudolph Ziolko
orthopedic, sports and trauma surgery

About the department

The departments of orthopaedics, trauma surgery and sports medicine at PAN Clinic Cologne provide a full range of diagnostics and treatment for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. The main task of the specialists is the freedom of movement without pain. The department has excellent equipment, including digital X-rays, computed tomography, and 3D imaging of the spine. A dedicated and competent medical team offers rapid interdisciplinary diagnostics and effective treatments according to individual needs. Furthermore, numerous joint replacement procedures are performed in the modern surgical room. Specialists provide innovative minimally invasive therapy methods for the gentle and safe treatment of orthopaedic and sports traumatological diseases.

The department focuses on the surgical treatment of cartilage, cruciate ligament and meniscus damage in the knee joint and shoulder injuries. First of all, doctors prefer conservative treatment methods, including drug therapy, injections and physiotherapy, acupuncture, radiofrequency therapy, spine liner therapy, and many other medical procedures. During the treatment, traditional medicine and innovative regenerative processes are combined.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Inflammatory diseases of the joint
  • Calcified shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Biceps tendon rupture
  • Meniscus tear 
  • Ligaments tear 


  • Physical exam 
  • Digital X-ray 
  • MRI scan
  • Sonography 
  • 3D spine measurement (radiation-free alternative to the X-ray image)
  • Dynamic gait analysis (tests the ability of the participant to maintain walking balance)
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy
  • Other diagnostic procedures 

Treatment options: 

  • Special pain therapy (radiofrequency therapy)
  • Targeted injection therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Arthroscopic treatment
  • Surgery therapy 
  • Collagen meniscal implant (Menaflex)
  • Ligament replacement
  • Manual Therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Spineliner therapy
  • Regenerative therapy 
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Doctor profile


  • Study of human medicine at the University of Bochum
  • Study of human medicine at the University of Cologne
  • Doctorate in 1983
  • Surgery and trauma surgery at the Sana Hospital in Hürth,
  • Assistant doctor at the Clinic for Orthopedics and Sports Traumatology at the Trinity Hospital in Cologne


  • Senior Physician at the Clinic for Orthopedics and Sports Traumatology at the Dreifaltigkeits Hospital in Cologne
  • Founding of the group practice for orthopedics
  • Senior Physician at the orthopedic PAN Clinic in Cologne
  • Founding of the Osteoarthritis Center (DGFAM) in Cologne

Awards, memberships, publications

  • Lecturer in the sports medicine department of the Cologne trainer academy
  • Supervision of sports clubs and top athletes
  • Member of the Cologne Hanse Lions Club
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