Getting mobile over the past 10 months hasn’t been easy for everyone, with many people spending more time at home. In some cases this has aggravated joint conditions or left people putting off surgery.
“In being less active this year it’s no wonder people are struggling with their mobility,” said consultant orthopaedic and knee specialist, Mr James Arbuthnot, from Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. “Joints, especially knees, have a habit of losing function if not kept mobile. With people not able to go out about as they usually would this year, the decrease in activity can lead to various mobility issues.”
This new year, an ever-increasing number of people will be deciding that now is the time for them to have the treatment they have been promising themselves and get their health back on track. “Patients, where necessary, can be seen for a face-to-face appointment to have their knee examined and scans taken,” said Mr Arbuthnot. “Following a consultation, the patient and consultant can discuss what the best course of treatment is.”
Common procedures include:
- • Full knee replacement – the knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint, with up to three nights in hospital. Recovery can take on average 16 weeks.
- • Partial knee replacement – offered where the undamaged part of the knee joint can be saved. A two-night stay, some patients benefit from a quicker recovery time.
- • Arthroscopy surgery – often used to investigate and treat ligament injuries. Patients usually return home the same day.
“It is important people are not afraid to seek help,” said Mr Arbuthnot. “Your mobility affects all aspects of your life and it’s key to supporting your overall wellbeing. By doing something now, you can potentially save yourself further damage and pain – which is often the driving force to seeking help.”