Entries by katharine

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 […]

NHS putting the squeeze on hip and knee replacements

We’re all well aware of the challenges facing funding of the NHS. With the recent election still fresh in mind, the process of how funds are allocated within the NHS has been discussed at length, with almost everyone holding an opinion about which areas are most deserving of retaining, increasing or decreasing funding levels. With […]

Robotics: the future of orthopaedic surgery?

Robots have featured quite frequently in the news recently, with most people seeing the security robot ‘drown’ in the office complex in America. While this made us smile and the media delighted at the opportunity to share some witty headlines about the robot’s demise, it was an illustration of just how far we have come […]

New trial to look into prosthetic joint infection

In the world of orthopaedic surgery, it is always encouraging to see when new clinical trials are set up, as they help to develop, strengthen and expand our knowledge. Trials are welcomed as they offer a unique insight into how patients respond to treatments, surgical methods, aftercare, medication and so on. The University of Bristol […]

Considering a double joint replacement: what to expect

If you’re considering having your knee or hip replaced it’s a really big decision. Questions such as how much pain to expect, how long will it take to recover, what complications might there be, are all things that would need to be explored thoroughly before you make the decision to commit to the operation. But […]