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So many of us put up with muscular and skeletal pain, writing it off as getting older or the odd tweak – what is a signifier that the pain is more serious and needs to be examined?

Pain is the body’s defence messenger, it is a feedback system that lets us know if something could be going wrong. On a simple level, our bodies generate a pain impulse when either chemical changes make an area of tissue more toxic, secondly when we expose our bodies to extreme temperatures or finally when there are mechanical forces that have caused tissue irritation and potential damage.

The words used to describe a pain experience are not diagnostic. The actions or events that promote a pain response are. 

Pain DiagnosisTherefore, if a person has a pain experience but remains functional, then it is likely that they have irritated tissues but no major damage. If this irritation continues then the individual needs assessment to minimise the risk of eventually being damaged.

If there is a pain experience and a loss of function, then severe irritation is taking place or there is already damage. In this situation, a person definitively requires examination.

When the pain experience is debilitating, another factor that can determine the need for examination is the causative factors and knowledge of the problem. People do not seek medical advice if they hit their thumb with a hammer. It hurts but it will resolve.

If however, the origin of pain is not fully understood then a person can become concerned, furthermore they will not know how best to manage the problem.

At Clinic 360, we would always advise a person experiencing pain to have clear understanding of what is wrong and what they can do about it. There is no magical ‘cure’. There is knowledge and best management.

If pain is considered a messenger on our health status, don’t shoot the messenger until you understand what it is trying to say!

For many people Winter is a time of decreased activity and increasingly painful joints. If you’re not lucky enough to escape to the sunshine then maybe you could benefit from a visit to Clinic 360.

There are two key reasons as to why an older joint can cause pain. Firstly, the degenerative changes will affect the joints mechanical performance. The surfaces don’t quite slide and glide as they used to. The second factor is the bodies inflammatory process and chemical changes within the joint.

With a combination of mechanical and inflammatory changes, many people suffer with aching and painful joints over the winter period, but it doesn’t have to be so bad.

At Clinic 360 we perform a clinical examination which includes an ultrasound scan. This allows us to test for joint range of movement and stability as well as identify swollen tissues and degenerative changes along with inflammation.

For many people we can help optimise their joint alignment and improve muscle strength to support the joint, we can also administer ultrasound guided injections directly into the inflamed tissue.

The most common injection for supressing inflammation is corticosteroid, other solutions used to help address chemical changes within a joint include Ostenil.

If you are limping or struggle to reach up, suffering with stiffness when getting up after rest or experience a constant ache in any of your joints then please call Clinic 360 to see how we are able to help.

Common joints that suffer with degenerative and inflammatory changes include: thumb, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and the big toes. Obviously, any joint can be affected and that is why a full clinical examination is the first and most important step.

Injections for joints are not a new treatment, but with increasing NHS waiting times many people fail to get the benefit they need at the time they need it the most.

Hip joint injections are also rarely administered by the NHS, but hip joint degeneration is as common as a degenerative shoulder or knee. At Clinic 360, because we use the latest high-performance ultrasound scanner, we can safely inject hip joints with the same accuracy as knees and shoulders.

At £65 for an initial diagnostic examination and only £75 for a guided injection of corticosteroid, why wait in pain.

The image below shows the needle pathway (thin white line) into the hip joint capsule. Only with guidance can any injection be assured of safety and accurate placement of medication.

Ultrasound guided injection

Book online today, or call 0113 286 0316 to find your pathway to better physical well-being with Clinic 360.

The largest ball and socket joints in the body are our hips. These joints can operate through a large range of movement and are essential for all our normal activities. The gluteal muscles are the largest muscles in our body and can generate significant power. Any weakness within the gluteal muscles or any restriction to joint movement will compromise our ability to walk and certainly impact on more physical sporting activities. Because the hip joint is a weight bearing structure it also is prone to degenerative changes as we age.

Add in a life time of sitting down and it’s not surprising that our hips can become de-conditioned and are often a cause of both localised pain and secondary problems that can affect the back and knees. With problems arising from both mechanical irritation and inflammation the joint can be painful both when moving and/ or at rest.

In severe degenerative cases of osteoarthritis, the hip joint is not an uncommon joint to be replaced by a metal prosthesis. But what can be done for a person with hip joint problems including mild and moderate osteoarthritis and not in need of surgery, but still in pain?

Ultrasound guided injection

At Clinic 360 with the advancement in technology and the use of the latest ultrasound scanners it is now possible to perform guided injections directly into the hip joint without the expense of minor surgery. The injections when performed under guidance are safe and a very effective way to suppress joint irritation and inflammation.  To quote a recent client, they described the benefits of hip injection therapy as ‘life changing’.

At clinic 360 we can also prescribe effective exercises and deliver one to one Pilates and muscle conditioning programmes. Exercises to help recruit the gluteal muscles and maintain a full joint range of movement are an essential part of optimising the hip joint.

If you limp in the morning, suffer with groin pain or have pain when lying on your side in bed, if your stride length in running or walking is beginning to decrease then maybe your hip joints are not working as well as they could be.

Why not book an appointment at Clinic 360 and let us assess your hip, spine and lower limbs to identify the nature of your problem? We will then scan the problem area and look beneath your skin to determine if there are any signs of significant tissue damage.