Bones & Joints
Bones & Joints
Bones & Joints
“My personal trainer never thought he’d see me again”
How a knee replacement enabled 78-year-old Iris to continue her active lifestyle.
Mental health is a core component of holistic arthritis treatment
Having arthritis shouldn’t mean you can’t do what you love. Physiotherapists are working to dispel negative attitudes towards a condition which should no longer prevent an active lifestyle.
Turmeric extract shown to reduce swelling and pain for this micro-artist
Clinical trials have confirmed Curcumin’s benefits to arthritis patients, but artist Graham Short believes it’s helping him actively prevent the onset of the disease as well.
Hip replacement patients can lead an active life again more quickly
Hip replacement surgery, technology and materials have improved immeasurably over the years, significantly speeding up hip operations and recuperation time.
Joint replacement — what patients don’t know
Anyone preparing for joint replacement may not be aware that they can choose which implant and surgeon they get, and what difference it can make. It’s time to do some research.
Why we all need to be more aware of ankylosing spondylitis
If you have four out of five symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, visit your GP. Early diagnosis can improve the outcome of this painful and incurable form of arthritis.
It’s been a struggle to remain being ‘me’ – Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes has an attitude to life that many would envy. Making the most of the one life she has is made harder by arthritis, but she refuses to let it put out her fire.
Arthritis cost me my army career, but I went on to win gold (twice)
“I was convinced I had arthritis and told my father, but he replied that ‘arthritis is an old person’s disease’." Pam first had arthritic symptoms when she was just seven years old.
‘People don’t see your pain’ – Claire King on her arthritis journey
Ex-Emmerdale actress and Patron of NRAS, Claire King, was shocked to be told she had a chronic disease in her late twenties. She insists it hasn’t held her back from living a full life.
Why the future looks bright for rheumatoid arthritis patients
This is an exciting time for research into rheumatoid arthritis, both at home and internationally. The results could redefine how patients with the disease are treated.
A less invasive patient experience
Navigation systems have been in use since 2005, but the new robotics element will mean greater accuracy, less invasive surgery and should lead to less hospital time for patients.
“Keeping active may be helping my arthritis”
Exercise classes may be of benefit to anyone with arthritis. We talk to Miriam Smith, who has recently started attending a class which, she believes, could be improving her flexibility.
Robotics: making knee surgery more accurate and cost effective
Robotic-assisted surgeries are to become commonplace. The technology maximises the accuracy for surgeons and knee replacements patients should see faster recovery times.
It’s time to take UK’s musculoskeletal health seriously
A focus on both the mental and physical affects of living with a musculoskeletal condition is improving treatment, but improving access to relevant treatments should be the sector’s priority.
10 real-life tips for people with arthritis
From weight-loss to worrying: ten things to consider when living with arthritis.
“Rheumatoid arthritis is not a condition people understand”
Phil Davies is a young, family man who enjoys being active — so a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis was devastating. He reveals how he and his family have coped with his condition.
Arthritis patients report depression when pain is at its worst
The mental health challenges of living with persistent pain require resilliance and specialist help. Empowering individuals to take ownership of their own condition helps them stay positive.
Knee surgery patients can expect better outcomes
Pioneering surgical methods — plus technical breakthroughs and new mindset techniques — are changing the future of knee operations, says one of the UK's most senior knee specialists.
The future of orthopaedic and regenerative surgery
Innovations in minimally invasive techniques mean patients are able to have a faster recovery period.
Top athletes and early onset arthritis
Why top athletes are more likely to develop early osteoarthritis, and the lessons we can learn from them about how to avoid the same fate.
Why GPs are changing the way they care for MSK
A revolution in GP care will create an environment in which people with musculoskeletal problems can get the best treatment closer to home.
Why arthritis and MSK need more attention now
Musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis are the greatest cause of disability in the UK and cost the country millions. We must join forces to focus on musculoskeletal health now.
Could your joint pain be osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint condition in the UK, causing pain and stiffness for over 8.5 million people. Find out the early warning signs and treatment options.
It's time to talk about arthritis
World Arthritis Day is the chance for arthritis sufferers to shine a light on their invisible pain.
Self-management is vital for people with arthritis
Because arthritis affects so many people, it is important to understand how they choose to manage it.
Why arthritis is everyone’s problem
Arthritis is not just a problem for other people. We are all affected by the impact it has on our lives, our society, our health service and economy.
Leigh Walmsley osteoarthritis patient story
Meet Leigh Walmsley from Warrington, Cheshire. Leigh represented Paralympics GB in archery, at the London 2012 Paralympics and has experienced the pain of arthritis since her 20s.
Miriam Margolyes: "I wish I'd had my knee replacement sooner"
Actress Miriam Margolyes talks about her osteoporosis diagnosis following a bone density test — and her recent experience with knee replacement surgery.
Healthy musculoskeletal system key to maintaining bone strength in later life
We need healthy bones throughout our lives to complete daily tasks, explains Dr Kate Ward, Associate Professor at MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology, University of Southampton and Secretary of the
Bone Research Society
Number of joint replacements set to soar by 2030
It is good news we are living longer but it could mean a huge increase in the number of people needing replacement of their painful worn out knee joints, says European Knee Society president Chris Dodd.
Weight loss, exercise and education can ease osteoarthritis pain
When osteoarthritis affects your quality of life and your joints no longer function as they used to it is important to look at all the options available.
Orthopaedics can boost innovation by thinking smarter
Bone and joint conditions cost the NHS billions but the inventive use of technology could help reduce costs and improve outcomes, says Orthopaedic Research UK’s CEO Dr Arash Angadji.
Craig Revel Horwood speaks out on osteoporosis
Craig publicly helps to raise awareness of osteoporosis and is passionate about making people aware of how they can keep their bones strong.
New hip brings new lease of life
When British dualthete Michael Rix was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2011, the 40-year-old feared he’d never race again. Five years on and Michael is back to his winning ways.
Tracking down osteoporosis, 'the silent disease'
A new service that aims to diagnose osteoporosis earlier is now becoming available - and it could save you from painful fractures.
What we can learn from dancers about bone and joint health
Dancers have to look after their bones and joints as part of their job. Greg Retter, clinical director at the Royal Ballet, explains what the rest of us can learn from dancers about bone and joint health.
Answering the most pressing questions on joint replacement and orthopaedic surgery
Chris Evans, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, and hip and knee replacement specialist, answers important questions on bones and joints.
The recovery pathway that speeds up hip and knee replacements
Scheduled for hip or knee replacement? The Enhanced Recovery Pathway should soon have you back on your feet and heading for home - but what is it, and how can you help?
The importance of a positive outlook for osteoporosis patients
Philippa Russell suspected she had osteoporosis almost 22 years ago when the process of applying for a passport revealed she had lost 2 inches in height. She tells Dom Hall about her philosophy of looking on the bright side, despite her battle with fragile bones.
Speed bump diagnosis: osteoporosis case study
69 year old Margaret Hawkyard has suffered 6 vertebral fractures because of osteoporosis, but she is determined to get on with her life, despite her condition. She tells her story to Dom Hall.
Bone and joint problems: the good news is set to get better
Medical treatment for bone and joint problems is transforming lives and is set to improve in future, says Mr Tim Wilton, President of the British Orthopaedic Association.
Lifestyle changes and interventions can help osteoporosis patients
Osteoporosis is a debilitating condition which can cause bones to break more easily — but various clinical interventions can make a big difference to a patient's life.
How to ensure you get the hip replacement that best suits you
Hip replacement - arthroplasty - may be a routine operation, but it should not be a one-size-fits all procedure. We examine today's choices in hip replacement technology.
Why physiotherapy is vital to recovery
Physiotherapy is essential to recovery after bone or joint trauma, but it can be hard to access. Here's what you should be getting - and how if provides value for both you and society.
Maximising impact in orthopaedic research
We must ensure that funded research is directed towards more meaningful and translational outcomes that lead to effective treatments, products and services for patients.
Hip op happy: expert insight on hip operations
Hip operations have never been more popular or more successful. The challenge is maintaining progress as demand continues to rise.
3D printing: the future of medical implants
For decades doctors have making custom-implants for patients needing bone and joint repairs and 3D printing could help advance this area of surgery even further.
Preventing metabolic bone disease and related fractures
People can increase their chances of maintaining strong bones over their lifetime by exercising regularly and avoiding being underweight, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Shattering the myths about osteoarthritis
Research over the past decade has changed the way we think about and treat osteoarthritis. As the burden of disease looks set to increase, more research is being carried out to improve patients’ quality of life.
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