Coping with hip and knee arthritis during COVID-19.
At this time in which accessing your usual health care facilities may be difficult, The YorkshireHip and Knee Group discusses routes towards caring for your arthritis.
Arthritis in the hip and knee may be causing you, or those close to you, pain and loss of quality of life. In normal times, access to those who can help is relatively easy, getting you back on the walking trail, playing golf and tennis or even just an ability to walk around the local shops. During COVID, we have heard of a countless number of people who have been struggling to access good advice and help to get them back on their feet.
You may experience occasional or mild pain which responds well with simple pain relief, weight loss and exercise, such as walking or an exercise bike and ideally physiotherapy.
Moderate to Severe arthritis
Your quality of life is often affected. Out of lockdown you feel you would struggle to keep up with your friends and your sleep can be disturbed. With hip problems, putting on shoes, socks and cutting toe nails becomes a problem. Playing sport is a challenge. If your symptoms are persistent, now is the time to seek professional help and advice as to whether you could benefit from non-operative treatments such as physiotherapy and steroid injections or whether you would benefit from surgical intervention such as an arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) or joint replacement surgery. If you are in constant discomfort and your ability to perform your daily activities is affected by your arthritis, then operative treatments can significantly improve your quality of life and allow you to get back to doing the things you enjoy.
With professional help, it is normal to get you back to good health and function with a pain free joint. Accessing NHS care at present is still very difficult. For those with private medical insurance and those who choose to pay for their own treatment, The Yorkshire Hip and Knee Group offers 3 specialist hip and knee surgeons who work as a group yet are independently excellent in their nationally bench marked results. The group includes Mr. Chris Brew, Mr. Richard Grogan, and Mr. James Hahnel. As a group we offer a wide variety of appointments across 3 private hospitals to ensure you receive your treatment quickly (Leeds Nuffield, The Yorkshire Clinic and Spire Roundhay). We are experienced in all aspects of hip and knee joint replacement surgery including those requiring revision surgery, hip resurfacing and robotic assisted surgery as well as keyhole arthroscopic knee surgery. Virtual consultations and physio sessions are also available for those isolating. Try downloading the Pocket Physio App from Google Play or Apple Store. Working together, we maintain excellence in our work and individually we offer a personal and tailored solution that works for you.
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Emma Donaghue’s story in the Mail Online.
A mother-of-two has had to have hip replacement surgery in her twenties. Emma Donaghue, from Leeds, was born with congenital dislocation – a condition which wasn’t diagnosed until she was a toddler.
At three years old, she had a plate fitted into her left socket, but it failed to correct the problem. Then, before reaching the age of 30, she became virtually housebound, which forced her to go under the knife in January. ‘I felt like an old lady, but now I feel like the young woman that I am,’ she said. ‘I feel very blessed to live in a time where procedures can give you a second chance’.
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