Musculoskeletal

Back pain & Sciatica

Back pain is very common and in most cases, it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem. The usual advice is to keep active and do normal activities as much as possible. Painkillers can help until the pain eases. In most cases, the pain disappears within six weeks.

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Knee Pain

Knee pain can often be treated at home. You should start to feel better in a few days. See a GP if the pain is very bad or lasts a long time.

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Hip Pain

Hip problems are pretty common. The cause may be obvious, like an injury that comes on suddenly while playing sports. In the first instance you can try the conservative measures using the links below. 

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Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting 8.5 million people in the UK. It develops gradually over time, causing joints to become stiff and painful. It can affect any joint but commonly affects the hands, knees, hips, feet and spine.

Osteoarthritis usually develops in people who are over 50 years of age, and it is more common in women than in men. It is commonly thought that osteoarthritis is an inevitable part of getting older, but this is not true. Younger people can also be affected by osteoarthritis, often as a result of an injury or another joint condition.

Useful Links

Arthritis Research UK
Arthritis Research UK is the charity leading the fight against arthritis.

NHS
Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of Osteoarthritis from the NHS