Anything that is concerned with muscles, ligaments and joints is considered Orthopaedic. Disorders are issues relating to one’s hips and knees regardless of their age and background. It is almost impossible to list down all of them. However, there are a few disorders and conditions that are common and you will probably experience one or several of them at some point in your life.

Today I was joined by our expert of the day, Dr Vedi, qualified from the School of Medicine at University College London. His higher surgical training was also in London. During his training, he was appointed as the first ever Football Association research fellow and his work led to a number of publications on the kinematics of the knee joint. He gained speciality experience in hip and knee arthroplasty and revision hip and knee replacement in a tertiary referral practice both in the young and the elderly as well as with a number of hip and knee pathologies. He is a Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) and a member of the British Hip Society (BHS) and the British Association of Surgery to the Knee (BASK). Currently Dr Vedi is a Consultant at the Hillingdon and Mount Vernon Hospitals NHS trust.

We began by talking about knee replacements and Dr Vedi said that this was a very painful operation and it was important that whoever was going through such a procedure received a high standard of pre and Post-operative care from their Consultant and also from their family afterwards. The patient should ensure they are not up and running as soon as they come out of surgery, but when they feel comfortable enough to move. Dr Vedi accepted that a lot of people had a reluctance to move when they were in pain, however, it was vital to keep moving to avoid stiffness and long term pain.

According to the NHS website, a Knee replacement surgery or arthroplasty involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. It is a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis. “More than 70,000 knee replacements are carried out in England and Wales each year, and the number is rising. Most people who have a total knee replacement are over 65 years old. For most people, a replacement knee lasts over 20 years, especially if the new knee is cared for properly and not put under too much strain.”

Numerous people called the show stating they had injured their hip or knee from falling down and as that pain grew they were noticing pains in other areas such as their back and spine. Dr Vedi said this was very common, however, if such pain was “spreading” then it is vital that you go to your GP and ask them for a referral for a MRI scan and further tests to get to the root of the problem, once and for all.

At the end of the show I asked Dr Vedi for some top tips to avoid future problems with one’s hips and knees. He said, we should all:

  • Maintain a balanced diet
  • Keep a good posture
  • Adhere to our suggested body weight
  • Make sure that we voice any health concerns to our GP-to be referred for further tests and investigations and not suffer in pain