At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 142
When it comes to diagnosing and
treating the pain in your knees, let the
experts assess the damage early on
nee troubles affect one in three
people in the UK at some stage
of their lives - and when you're
aware of what these complex
joints endure, it's easy to see why.
The knee is an extremely hardworking
joint, responsible for a range of different
movements. Both knees have to lock
into position to enable a person to
stand, while also acting as hinges
to enable walking and running.
Due to complex stresses, the knee
can be prone to problems including
ligament or cartilage tears, dislocation
and arthritis. If any of these problems
do occur, it's essential to see an expert,
like consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Mr Wiqqas Jamil, to ensure you receive
the correct diagnosis and the best
advice about treatment.
Why does it hurt?
Knee pain can be the result of numerous
factors and can occur at any age, but
problems tend to become more of
an issue in older people. If you are
overweight or a keen sportsperson,
you will also have an increased
risk of damage.
As well as sports knee injuries, Mr
Jamil frequently treats patients with
arthritis in the knee. Osteoarthritis is the
most common type of arthritis in the UK
- it causes damage to the protective
surface of the bones inside the joint,
known as the articular cartilage, which
results in swelling and pain in the area.
People who take part in impact sports,
such as running, football, rugby and
netball, are at a higher risk of trauma as
well as both sports-related knee injuries
When to see a specialist
Understanding the nature of symptoms
can help when deciding whether to see
an expert and aid the correct diagnosis
if you do. Pain that is relatively minor
and happens after taking part in activity
you're not used to is probably caused
by a sprain or strain and can be treated
at home with rest and painkillers.
However, rapid onset of pain and
swelling, giving way of the knee,