Arthritis and joint replacements
Although there are many forms of arthritis, the most common form is osteoarthritis. This is arthritis caused by general wear and tear. The appearances seen on X-ray or MRI scan are often described as degenerative changes.
There are other forms of arthritis such as infective (when a joint is infected), or traumatic (after injury). There are a wide range of inflammatory rheumatological conditions which fall under the umbrella of arthritis. The most common is rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteopathy can be helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis in its early stages by helping the joints to work more efficiently and by reducing muscle spasm and shortening. Exercises are also valuable. None of this 'cures' the arthritis, but purely helps joint function and this in itself can deliver a better quality of life for patients.
There comes a time when osteoarthritis will advance beyond the scope of Osteopathy and at this stage injections or joint replacement should be considered. Patients usually know when they reach this stage as the extent of the pain and deterioration in quality of life becomes intolerable.
Andrew Gilmour and his colleagues have, over some years developed working relationships with the most skilled and reliable surgeons in the area such that they can recommend the most appropriate for your problem.