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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is extremely common, particularly in older people, affecting nearly 8 million people in the UK.  It is most common in the high use joints including the knee or hip.  It occurs when the cartilage in the joint becomes damaged and the shape of the articular surfaces of the bones change.

Osteoarthritis can be triggered by a trauma to the knee or can start with no known cause.

 

Osteoarthritis

Inflammatory Arthritis

The most common type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which affects around 400,000 people in the UK.  A patient’s immune system causes inflammation and swelling which affects the joint.  There is often no known cause.

Many people with inflammatory arthritis will be under the care of a rheumatologist.  For further details of our rheumatologists, please visit our orthopaedic website www.orthopaedicunit.org.uk/rheumatologists

Treatment

Your consultant will assess your knee and recommend a treatment plan depending on several factors including how advanced the arthritis is, your lifestyle and activity levels, other medical conditions and factors.

For mild or early stage OA, your consultant may recommend physiotherapy or joint injections to relieve symptoms.

For severe or late stage OA, a partial or full joint replacement may be recommended to give maximum relief from pain and other symptoms and improved use of the joint.

Your Consultant will discuss regarding the most suitable treatment for your condition.

Joint injections including anti-inflammatory medications or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs may be helpful in some cases.

In severe cases, partial or full joint replacement may be required.

Speak to your Consultant regarding the most suitable treatment for your condition.

Book An Appointment

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

If you are suffering with Osteoarthritis then we recommend booking an appointment with one of our specialists. You can contact us by calling  020 7432 8328 or emailing londonkneespecialists@hje.org.uk

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