Chronic Pain Help In Alfreton

By |2019-07-23T19:19:53+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Uncategorised|

Chronic Pain Help

The majority of patients we see in Alfreton, come to see us because they’re in pain; usually pain that is not going as quickly as people would expect, or is not being helped by pain medications. They all have in common the fact that pain affects their work, sport, relationships and generally their whole life and they all want to see it reduced or ideally gone completely . This is usually possible for acute pain that has only started recently, but chronic ongoing pain is a different matter entirely. Chronic unrelenting pain is our biggest challenge in the clinic, but luckily we love a challenge and have lots of ways In which we can help.

We know that living with chronic pain is almost a disease in itself. It slowly and progressively eats away at you, your confidence, self- worth, and independence. It can consume your life and thoughts, often alienating you from your friends and family even your workplace.

We understand that living with pain is exhausting, lack of sleep, anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with pain, which in turn can lead to anger and frustration and problems with your relationships at home and with yourself.

And the physical pain can stop you from doing things you love, like taking walks, playing sports and socialising, which also has an impact on your mental health.

Although it’s important that you are in control and are the driver of your pain management, it would be unrealistic to assume you can do this alone. […]

Hip Replacement – Prevent, Prepare & Recover

By |2019-07-05T18:10:59+00:00July 5th, 2019|Uncategorised|

Hip Replacements  – How to Prevent, Prepare and Recover

Hip replacements seem to be becoming Increasingly common in the Alfreton area, with many patients choosing to supplement their NHS physiotherapy with our expertise at the clinic.

Currently 1.3 people in every 1,000 will undergo a hip replacement operation, and more than 1.2 million are carried out each year worldwide.

The biggest risk factors for needing a hip replacement are age and arthritis, with 85% of people having a hip replacement, also having osteoarthritis.

In terms of gender, women have a higher risk of needing a hip replacement (58%) compared with men (42%).

Hip replacement surgery in patients aged 45-54 has also doubled in the past 10 years.

 

So what can we do, to reduce the risk of needing a hip replacement?

Physical activity helps. Running decreases your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 18% and as osteoarthritis is present in 85% of people who undergo a hip replacement, this has a knock-on effect in reducing your risk of needing a hip replacement by 35-50%.

And if you’re not up for running that’s OK, walking can also reduce the risk of needing hip surgery, although by a smaller percentage (23%).

Almost half of the protective effective of being physically active comes from weight control. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of needing a hip replacement.

And what can you do if you’re already experiencing hip pain?

If you need a hip replacement then the sooner you have it, the better the outcome is likely to be and the quicker you will recover from your […]