Knee - Overview
Knee: Overview | Arthritis | Injury and Pain
Most people who partake in sports are used to simple injuries of the knee, and will often follow the time-honoured regime of 'RICE' rest, ice, compression and elevation, following injury. Many will seek early advice from a physiotherapist.
Some knee injuries are more severe and where there is a suspicion of a severe internal derangement, early consultation with a knee specialist is advisable. The most accurate MRI scanning available at present requires the use of a 3-tesla (3T MR scan) which offers accurate diagnosis of not only common injuries such as cartilage tears, but also gives excellent visualisation of injuries to the joint surface.
Total knee replacement is now considered as being as successful as total hip replacement and there are many patients around who have had excellent long-term satisfaction from their total knee replacement.
However, many patients do not require total joint replacement and there are many simple treatments which help relieve pain including steroids or hyalgan injections, which can be administered in the out-patient setting, with minimal disruption to activities or working life.
You may find the BUPA Knee clinic helpful in understanding knee conditions. clinic.bupa.co.uk/knee
As with all medical conditions you should discuss this with your GP who will be able to offer initial advice.
For further information please contact our Practice Manager on 0161 728 5994, 0161 793 7056 or use our on-line enquiry form. Aalternatively, you may book an appointment with Mr Maxwell at the Oaklands Hospital.