Arthritis and joint pain

At Advanced Injury Management we treat many patients experiencing arthritis and joint pain in Hampshire. Arthritis and joint pain can seriously impact your life, and our physiotherapists we will provide an accurate assessment and determine the best and most suitable treatment for you.

The Hip

The hip joint is a true ball and socket joint which by its design allows a large range of motion but at the same time is extremely stable. It shares many muscles and nerves with the low back and with the knee. It is obviously a major weight-bearing joint and as such is subject to great impacts often many times body weight. In order to offer some protection from this it has a thick layer of cartilage covering the bone ends and some extremely meaty muscles! These contract and so shock absorb, moments before the foot hits the ground.

Symptoms can arise from:

  • The bones.
  • The many ligaments that support the joint.
  • The tendons of the very powerful muscles that insert close to the hip.
  • Small sacs of fluid called bursae which cushion or alter the pull of some tendons.

The most common problems seen at the hip are:

  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Groin strain.
  • Trochanteric bursitis.
  • Fractures.

Wrist Pain

Pain in or around the wrist commonly occurs due to one of the following:

  • Fractures.
  • Tendonitis.
  • Sprained ligaments.
  • Compression of nerves.
  • Arthritis.

Knee Pain

The commonest way to injure either ligament or cartilage is to have most of your weight on the leg with the knee bent and then to twist or be twisted forcefully. It is more common to sprain the medial than the lateral ligament. Pain is normally immediate with ligament injuries and the joint swells within a few hours. Cruciate injuries often involve a sudden deceleration or a slow sitting back manoeuvre, particularly common in skiing debacles. Menisci or cartilages are damaged in the same way as ligaments and injury can vary from a mild fissuring to major tears where a loose flap developes that blocks the joints’ movement.

Pain Around The Knee Cap

Patelofemoral Joint Pain.
This typically happens in the following situations:

  • In young people aged between 12 and 24, often having just undergone a sudden growth spurt and/or are excessively mobile.
  • In people who start from being very unfit and try to do too much too soon.
  • In people who have had enforced immobility e.g leg in plaster, hip or knee joint replaced, the muscles then become weak.

The pain is normally caused by a weakness in the muscle on the front of the thigh which controls the movement of the knee cap. When the muscle is weak the knee cap is pulled by other structures into a painful position which is made worse by certain movements e.g going down stairs or hills, sitting with the knees bent and then having to get up.