Let’s talk about Arthritis – Could it just be another strain?
Local medical charity Cobalt are inviting the public to an evening to explain arthritis. Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by the musculoskeletal condition which causes pain and inflammation in joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common type causing joint pain and stiffness. It is most frequently seen in the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine.
Arthritis is often associated with people in their late 40s or older, but it can also affect children. In the UK, about 15,000 children and young people are affected by the condition. It’s more common in women and people with a family history of the condition* and as a population we are becoming increasingly sedentary with the average person spending 9 hours a day sitting.
The free event will be led by Mr. Harminder Gosal, Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon and Mr. Jon Mutimer, Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon. They will explain arthritis, what it is, how it can effect people and what the treatment options are. They will also showcase some common and not so common cases and answer the frequently asked questions about the condition.
The evening will talk about arthritis generally, some anonymised example cases will be discussed, however there will NOT be the opportunity to discuss individual cases or to gain second opinions about existing cases.
Jon Mutimer, Consultant Orthopaedic Hip Surgeon explains: “At this time of year we come out of hibernation to get trim and increase our levels of exercise. Whether this means swimming, cycling or the gym it isn’t uncommon to notice aches and strains which don’t resolve as quickly as one might expect them to.
Joint pain is often put down to ‘wear and tear’ or a strain that just doesn’t get better. Physiotherapy and over the counter painkillers are a simple first step but may not always help. Curiously osteoarthritis can present in different ways and not immediately around the joint affected. Back, buttock or knee pain are all common and identifying the source of the pain can require the use of X-rays and occasionally injections to supplement a clinical examination.”
There are many treatments to manage early hip arthritis including weight loss, physiotherapy, painkillers and the use of a stick (in the opposite hand!) to help
manage symptoms. If the pain persists or worsens then discussion regarding an operation is reasonable. Hip and knee replacements are one of the best operations for relief of pain and restoring function although it is sensible to try all these other methods first.
The event will look to displace some of the myths around arthritis and encourage people to consider their options, should a medical professional diagnose it.
To book your free tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arthritis-explained-tickets-49434660400
* source NHS UK – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/arthritis/