Entries by katharine

Severe occupational strain increases risk of hip arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that results from weakening joint cartilage, as a result of wear and tear over a person’s lifetime. Although this can happen naturally as part of the ageing process, it has long since been believed that undertaking manual jobs that put repeated strain on joints and muscles can lead to long term […]

New study focuses on steroid injections for hip osteoarthritis

Hip replacements are commonplace, with thousands of patients undergoing either partial of full joint replacements each year. In fact, according to the National Joint Registry, the figure for those having total hip or knee replacements each year across England and Wales is now in excess of 160,000. Before you undergo an operation to replace the […]

Obesity crisis driving up joint replacement figures

According to new data published recently and reported in the Express, Britain now has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe, with around one quarter of the adult population clinically obese. This means that they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above. To put this into context, a healthy BMI should […]

The challenges in diagnosing hip pain

If you’ve ever studied a model or picture of how the human body is made up you’ll know just how complex the elements such as our skeleton, muscles, tendons and nerves really are. Our bodies are an intricate mass of interlinked, incredible components that should all work together to enable us to move around effectively. […]

New algorithm developed that could predict osteoarthritis progression

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes cartilage in joints including knees and hips to wear away, causing restricted mobility and slight to severe discomfort. It can currently be managed, but not cured, however, treatment for osteoarthritis is costly, and not helped by the fact that, until now, it has not been possible to predict […]

Returning to sport after hip replacement

If you’re an active person and enjoy getting outside and exercising, the thought of undergoing an operation such as a hip or knee replacement might seem daunting. People may wonder whether their days of exercising are over, but with the right approach to rehabilitation after an operation, there is no reason why undergoing a joint […]

Counting the cost of arthritis

All ailments cost money to treat, but often the true cost is only known by medical professionals, with the general public unaware what the larger scale costs are of treating and curing conditions. It’s often not until someone does the maths and shares this information publicly that we have any idea how expensive it is […]

Why a dog could be the perfect prescription to age-related health concerns

It has long since been recognised that dog owners are healthier than those of us who do not own dogs and now the correlation between dog ownership and healthier people is scientifically proven in two recent studies. A daily walk with your four-legged friend ensures regular, gentle exercise; a recent study found that dog owners […]