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Get expert help for your knee pain
Even basic tasks like walking, standing, and sitting become increasingly difficult. Clearly, this cannot be ignored.
Your GP may have recommended over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories to deal with your problem, but if this is having little-to-no effect, you may be feeling at a loss for where to go next.
At The Beardwood, our consultants can accurately diagnose your condition without delay, presenting you with all the options for you to make an informed decision on your treatment.
Let us help you get back that quality of life that has been missing.
Many patients in this position assume they will need a total knee replacement. However, if the arthritis is at an early or moderate stage, there are other options to consider first before any major surgery is required.
At The Beardwood, we have extensive expertise with Partial Knee Replacements, which can be organised if the arthritis is only present in part of the knee. During this minimally-invasive operation, the damaged parts of the joint are removed and replaced with an artificial implant. During a Total Knee Replacement, on the other hand, the entire knee joint is replaced with an implant, discarding healthy bone along with it, preventing arthritis from developing again in that knee.
Sometimes, surgical intervention may not be necessary, and a course of physiotherapy may be enough to improve your symptoms. Steroid injections can also be of use, and these can be administered within your consultation, if appropriate.
If arthritis is not the issue, your pain could be caused by ligament damage, most commonly to the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament, located at the front of the knee). This may require a form of keyhole surgery known as an ACL reconstruction to correct, which involves replacing the damaged ligament with part of a tendon from your knee.
Knee realignment surgery (Osteotomy) is another option which can be used to evenly spread the weight on the hinge joint that comprises the two parts of your knee. Metalwork is introduced to the damaged side of the knee to realign the joint, preventing any excessive load on one side, reducing pain and helping to restore mobility.
Beyond surgeries like this, our physiotherapy team will create a bespoke rehabilitation programme for you to help build up strength in your legs while you recover.
Sometimes, your knee may not even be the root of your pain. Referred pain in the knee can actually be a sign of a hip condition, and our diagnostic scans will be able to locate the source of the issue, with treatment being planned accordingly.
Most consultants will also want to perform a comprehensive physical examination of the entire limb, depending on the symptoms you present with. This usually consists of various exercises to bend and/or lift the leg, and your consultant will be looking for signs of ligament injury, as well as testing your stability. This will also help to indicate if your knee pain is referred from the hip joint.
If your consultant suspects that you have ligament damage, an MRI scan at our on-site Imaging unit can be carried out for confirmation. Some ligament damage will recover with rest, but more extensive injury will require surgery to reattach the torn ligament.
Depending on the findings of your scans, your consultant can advise you on the best treatment plan for your specific condition, giving you the final say.
If a diagnosis is not clear from these preliminary scans, your consultant may organise a knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery). This involves making a small cut in your knee and passing in a small light and camera attached to a flexible tube, which transmits a live feed to a screen, allowing your surgeon to see inside the joint.
Issues discovered during this procedure can often be addressed at the same time, as it enables your surgeon to introduce surgical instruments through the arthroscope to repair any damage, avoiding the need for further surgery.
If you have been suffering from significant knee pain, why not get in touch with our reception team today to book a consultation? Our consultants can organise the necessary diagnostic tests to investigate your symptoms, and outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any further scans or surgery if required.
For peace of mind and expert care, book an appointment online now.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS, MS(Orth), MRCS(Ed), Diploma Sports and Exercise Medicine (GB&I), FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics), MSc (Science of Sports Injuries), MSc (Health Science and Practice)
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