Aches and pains in our joints are often caused by wear and tear and become more common as we get older but they can also be caused by sporting injuries.
Stiffening and contraction of muscles, tendons and ligaments can often be a side effect of wear and tear on a joint. Manipulation can help loosen it up, improve range of movement and ultimately aims to ease the pain.
Joint pain can be a debilitating condition, particularly in the hips, knees and ankles. It can prevent us from staying active and this, in turn, can lead to wider health problems. Because joints are complex regions of the body it’s often hard to diagnose a specific cause for the pain, but some common causes are:
Manipulation is a non-invasive, simple treatment that can help ease pain, improve range of movement and get you back to more active, healthy lifestyle.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
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You will be put under a general anaesthetic for joint manipulation, so you will be asleep throughout and this will make your muscles more relaxed – aiding the procedure. Your doctor will then use his or her hands to move the joint, taking it to its full capacity in every direction.
The treatment usually takes about 20 minutes.
After this, you will be taken to your room or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home.
A physiotherapist will visit you while you’re with us and show you some exercises to do that will help speed up your recovery.
Your joint will feel sore after the procedure so we will give you pain relief medication while you’re with us and to take home with you.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
Once home, it’s sensible to take it easy for the first day. You may find you have some discomfort in the joint for a couple of days, but a successful manipulation should ultimately give you more movement than you had before.
It’s crucial that you continue with the exercises recommended by your physiotherapist, as these will help you to maintain movement in the joint.
Once you’re ready to be discharged, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home because you won’t be able to drive. You should also ask them to help with shopping and cleaning for a few weeks.
We’re with you every step of the way through your recovery, even after you’ve left hospital.
After your treatment we will provide you with the appropriate medication, physiotherapy exercises, advice on what you should and shouldn't do, and any other follow-up support you need. Typically your consultant will want to see you after your treatment to see how you’re doing. You might also be seen by a physiotherapist. A follow up appointment will be made for you before you leave the hospital.
On rare occasions, complications following treatment can occur. If you experience the pain in your joint worsening during the few days after your procedure or if you experience any swelling or numbness – don’t hesitate to call us. We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they could apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns we’re ready to help.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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