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    Your knee may be sore, but that’s not necessarily where the problem lies. Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Dave Duffy explains. Every year, Yorkshire Knee Clinic consultants will see patients who swear they have knee pain. You’d think it would be a simple thing to identify, but actually everyone’s body can play tricks on them from timeContinue Reading

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    Prof. Nick London reflects on one study which gained lots of media attention recently. Cloudy with a chance of pain. If you’ve been an orthopaedic surgeon for any length of time (and it’s fair to say I’ve been doing this a while) you’ll have lost count of the number of people who tell you theirContinue Reading

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    Glucosamine and chondroitin are sold as a way of slowing the deterioration of cartilage and relieving osteoarthritis pain. But do they really work? Jon Smith looks at the evidence. Walk into any health store or supermarket and in amongst the vitamins and minerals you’ll find glucosamine and chondroitin. They’ve been around for a couple ofContinue Reading

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    What’s the issue with a diagnosis of runner’s knee? Jim Newman explains. Runner’s knee is a condition lots of people get, and which you see most often in young women. You don’t have to be a runner to get it. In fact, often the activity levels seem to bear little relation to who has theContinue Reading

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    YKC’s Jim Newman considers the question… I’ve lost count of the numbers of knee conditions described by one journal or another as “silent epidemics” but here’s another one, and in this case the description might just be justified. Meniscal root tears are common in patients in their 40s and 50s who have very early signsContinue Reading

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    If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia can you still have a knee replacement? And if so, how will your condition affect the way your knee surgeon carries out the operation? Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Dave Duffy explains. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones. It is preceded by osteopenia, a gradual decrease in bone density thatContinue Reading

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    Prof. Nick London argues that context was sorely lacking from a recent report used by the Daily Mail. A recent Daily Mail article on the ‘WORST hip and knee replacements’ (capitalisation most definitely the Mail’s) understandably caused concern amongst patients and prompted an urgent combined response from the British Orthopaedic Association, the British Hip SocietyContinue Reading

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    Why taking up a new sport post-knee replacement surgery might not be the best course of action.       Patient: “Doctor, will I be able to play the piano after my knee replacement operation?”       Surgeon: “Yes you will.”       Patient: “That’s odd because I couldn’t play it before.” If I had a pound for each time I’d heardContinue Reading

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    Fresh from his latest fell run, Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jon Smith explains why running isn’t so hard on the knees after all. Osteoarthritis is a painful and debilitating condition. It happens when the cartilage within the knee wears away, leaving bone to rub on bone. And if I asked 100 people about the everyday thingsContinue Reading

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    Can you really have a knee replacement operation and be home the same day? Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jon Smith explains why, in the case of partial knee replacements, the answer is often ‘yes’. We’ve referenced the US healthcare system many times in these pages, often in relation to insightful research and studies; occasionally for theContinue Reading

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