Osteoarthritus is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, and around 1 million people see their GP about it every year.
The NHS in England and Wales performs over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations every year.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The symptoms of osteoarthritis vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joints.
For example, a joint may be severely damaged without causing symptoms, or symptoms may be severe without affecting the movement of a joint.
Three key characteristics of osteoarthritis are:
– mild inflammation of the tissues in and around the joints
– damage to cartilage, the strong, smooth surface that lines the bones and allows joints to move easily and without friction
– bony growths that develop around the edge of the jointsThis can lead to pain, stiffness and difficulty doing certain activities.
Osteoarthritis mostly occurs in the knees, hips, spine and small joints of the hands and base of the big toe. However, almost any joint can be affected.
Your Osteoarthritis Consultation
The consultation is probably the most important part of a patient’s journey and should never be under-estimated.
For all new patients we always commence with a free 30 minutes consultation and for all existing patients every appointment starts with a mini-consultation and up-date.
At the Apsaras Aesthetic Clinic, our Aesthetic Medical Practitioners will carry out a thorough skin assessment and discuss individual needs on a one-to-one basis in a relaxed but informal atmosphere.
All treatments are individually planned and tailor-made to your unique requirements. During the consultation we will explain all the options and recommend the most suitable treatment, or combination of treatments, for you. We will also discuss expected procedures.