How common is knee pain in the UK and the USA?
Knee pain is a common issue in both the UK and USA. In the UK, it’s estimated that around 1 in 5 adults over the age of 45 experience some degree of knee pain. In the USA, it’s estimated that around 25% of adults experience knee pain.
What are the causes of knee pain?
Knee pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, overuse, arthritis, and obesity. Other possible causes include tendinitis, meniscus tears, and ligament injuries.
Certain activities, such as running or jumping, can also contribute to knee pain. In addition, genetics and age can play a role in the development of knee pain.
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Symptoms of knee pain can include pain, swelling, stiffness, weakness, instability, popping or clicking sounds, and difficulty walking or standing. The location, severity, and duration of the pain can also vary depending on the underlying cause of the knee pain.
If you are experiencing persistent or severe knee pain – stop! Please go and see your doctor or health professional in order to assess your knee joint and put in place a plan for treatment and in the meantime avoid further aggravating the knee joint!
How can I relieve my knee pain?
There are several ways to relieve knee pain, depending on the underlying cause. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can help reduce pain and swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can also be effective.
Physical therapy, weight loss, and knee braces or supports may also be recommended for knee pain relief. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. It’s super important to get your knee assessed. It’s really easy to just limp on – literally and figuratively but so often this just worsens the problem!
What are my treatment options for knee pain:
Current treatment options for knee injuries include RICE, over-the-counter pain medications, physical therapy, and surgery.
The appropriate treatment will depend on the type and severity of the knee injury. For example, minor sprains or strains may heal on their own with rest and self-care, while more severe injuries, such as ligament tears or fractures, may require surgery.
How can you prevent knee pain?
There are several ways to prevent knee pain, including maintaining a healthy weight, staying active and exercising regularly, wearing proper footwear, warming up before physical activity, using proper form during exercise, and avoiding activities that cause knee pain or discomfort.
How common is knee pain due to osteoarthritis in the UK?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it affects millions of people in the UK. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), around 8.75 million people in the UK have sought treatment for osteoarthritis, and the majority of these cases involve the knee joint.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage in the joints breaks down, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. It is more commonly seen in older individuals, although it can affect people of all ages.
Several factors can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, including age, genetics, previous joint injuries, obesity, and repetitive stress on the joints.
Given how common OA knee pain is in the UK and the dramatic impact it can have on your quality of life and the ability to perform everyday tasks – including work, this is a major problem for many people!
What can be done to help my osteoarthritic knee joint pain?
At the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinic we follow the evidence based program call GLA:D (The Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark) to help with chronic and persistent knee pain which has been medically confirmed as being due to osteo-arthritis.
This is an evidence-based, patient-centred program designed to improve knee and hip joint health, reduce pain, and improve function in individuals with osteoarthritis.
The program includes education on osteoarthritis and self-management strategies, exercises to improve joint strength and function, and patient outcomes and satisfaction measures.
A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2020 in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage included 10 studies involving a total of 1,401 participants with knee osteoarthritis.
The review found that the GLA:D program significantly improved pain, function, and quality of life compared to usual care or other exercise programs.
Another study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy in 2018 found that the GLA:D program significantly reduced pain and improved function in people with knee osteoarthritis.
The study included 117 participants and found that the improvements in pain and function were maintained for up to one year after completing the program.
The program has been shown to be clinically safe and effective in reducing pain and improving function in individuals with osteoarthritis. In addition, it’s been shown to be cost effective with high satisfaction scores from patients using the program and medics prescribing it.
For these reasons, it’s the first choice of treatment in Denmark for knee pain due to osteoarthritis. And it’s now available through the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinics in Sutton Coldfield and at our Walsall osteopathy clinic.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during my initial consultation?
Our priority upon your arrival is to ensure that you feel welcome, comfortable, and well-informed about your appointment. Typically, your initial consultation will last between 45 minutes to an hour. One of our experienced osteopaths will meet you and begin by attentively listening to you. We will inquire about your general health, any current pain you may be experiencing, your medical history, medications you may be taking, and review any medical examination results.
After this initial discussion, we may conduct specific tests to make a diagnosis. You may be asked to perform some gentle movements to allow us to evaluate your posture and mobility.
Using this important information, we will then create a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.
What will happen AFTER an initial consultation?
During your second visit to our clinic, we will provide a detailed explanation of our findings from your history and examination. By the end of this session, you will be able to answer several crucial questions, including:
- What is causing my symptoms?
- What are the available treatment options?
- How long is the expected recovery time?
- How much treatment will be necessary based on your personalized treatment plan?
- How much will your treatment cost?
- What can I do to help myself?
- What changes do I need to make to get better, faster?
We take the time to explain and clarify the causes of your symptoms and what can be done to alleviate them. At this stage, we will have created a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
What can I expect after my first treatment?
The response to treatment varies from person to person, as everyone is unique. The initial treatment is a crucial step in gauging the patient’s reaction to treatment and determining the best course of action to meet their individual needs.
Immediate relief may be experienced by some patients after the first session, while others may require multiple sessions to see significant progress. It’s vital for patients to realize that treatment is not a one-time fix and that it may take a number of sessions to achieve long-term results, particularly for chronic issues or long-standing musculoskeletal imbalances.
Is treatment painful?
The treatments themselves are not painful, but there might be some discomfort after the spinal manipulation as your body adjusts to the treatment and improved posture. This can result in stiffness in certain regions, which is a natural occurrence, and we recommend using an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes after your session and staying hydrated.
What causes the cracking sound during the treatment?
The cracking or popping sound heard during an osteopathic treatment is caused by the release of nitrogen gas from the joints. This is a normal and common occurrence and may not always happen depending on the technique used. The sound itself is neither significant or important to your progress.
What is the cost of the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is priced at £65, which comprises a thorough spinal evaluation including muscle and nerve testing, orthopaedic examination, as well as posture and movement analysis.
What is the cost of the each treatment?
Each treatment is £45 if you pay as you go. However, we do have discount options available depending on what works best for you.
What days and times are you open?
Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm,
Saturday – 8am – 2pm
Sunday – closed
How long will it take for me to feel better?
The length of time it will take to start to feel better varies a good deal between patients. This difference is based on several factors, including the how long you’ve had the problem and how severe it’s become, your lifestyle and demands of work and family as well as your individual capacity to respond to treatment.
Generally, patients with acute conditions (recent onset) may experience significant improvement within a few sessions, while those with chronic conditions (your symptoms have been present for more than 12 weeks) may require more treatment sessions to attain long-lasting outcomes.
The secrets to getting well are to always turn up for your treatment, follow the guidance of your practitioner and get involved in your own recovery. Don’t delegate your health to your practitioner. It is always a partnership!
What happens if I miss an appointment?
We recognize that we all have busy lives beyond the Backcare and Acupuncture Clinics, but please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment, and we will make every effort to reschedule it for you. We will make every effort to accommodate your particular schedule