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To protect you, your family and the staff of RNOH Private Care, we now have the facilities to offer video consultations. Your consultant will tell you if your appointment is to be carried out in this way and their practice secretary will provide you with all of the information you need to do this.

If you are asked to attend RNOH Private Care outpatient centre for your appointment, please ensure that you read the information below and follow any social distancing instructions when you arrive at the hospital:

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. The symptoms are:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. You can find the latest information and advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Do: 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – alcohol gel is effective against respiratory viruses
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Due to the stresses and strains we all put on our knees, Osteoarthritis of the knee is common. Osteoarthritis affects the cartilage underneath your kneecap (patella) and the main surfaces of your knee joint.

More Information

Pain at the front and sides of the knee are symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Bent and bowed knees suggest severe osteoarthritis.

Your physical symptoms usually are the first signs of Knee Osteoarthritis. In diagnosing the condition, your Doctor may check for: -

  • Reduced movement
  • Muscle thinning
  • Joint tenderness
  • Creaking or grating sounds
  • Bony swelling
  • Excess fluid
  • Joint instability

Additional tests may include: -

  • Blood tests – To help rule out other types of arthritis
  • X-rays – Useful to confirm osteoarthritis, but x-rays can’t show how much pain or disability osteoarthritis is likely to cause.
  • MRI scans – Rarely used, but may help rule out other joint issues related to soft tissue conditions

From your late 50's onwards, women are twice as likely as men to suffer osteoarthritis of the knee. Factors that increase risk include:-

  • Obesity
  • Previous sporting injuries
  • Previous operations removing torn cartilage
  • Nodal osteoarthritis (particularly in women)
  • Capsaicin cream for osteoarthritis
  • Stronger painkillers for osteoarthritis
  • Surgery for osteoarthritis
  • Steroid injections for osteoarthritis
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

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