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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is extremely common, particularly in older people, affecting nearly 8 million people in the UK.  It is most common in the high use joints including the knee or hip.  It occurs when the cartilage in the joint becomes damaged and the shape of the articular surfaces of the bones change.

Osteoarthritis can be triggered by a trauma to the knee or can start with no known cause.

Inflammatory arthritis

The most common type of inflammatory arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis, which affects around 400,000 people in the UK.  A patient’s immune system causes inflammation and swelling which affects the joint.  There is often no known cause.

Many people with inflammatory arthritis will be under the care of a rheumatologist.  For further details of our rheumatologists, please visit our orthopaedic website www.orthopaedicunit.org.uk/rheumatologists

Treatment

Your consultant will assess your knee and recommend a treatment plan depending on several factors including how advanced the arthritis is, your lifestyle and activity levels, other medical conditions and factors.

For mild or early stage OA, your consultant may recommend physiotherapy or joint injections to relieve symptoms.

For severe or late stage OA, a partial or full joint replacement may be recommended to give maximum relief from pain and other symptoms and improved use of the joint.

Your Consultant will discuss regarding the most suitable treatment for your condition.

Joint injections including anti-inflammatory medications or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs may be helpful in some cases.

In severe cases, partial or full joint replacement may be required.

Speak to your Consultant regarding the most suitable treatment for your condition.

Knee Clinic

The Knee Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital comprises a dedicated team specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and stiffness caused by knee conditions or injuries.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7432 8328.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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