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COVID-19 Virtual clinics

These are challenging times. COVID-19, or Coronavirus, is sweeping our planet and as a result we find ourselves in near total isolation. The UK government, and particularly the Department of Health, are battling to “flatten the curve” and avoid us all getting this new virus at once… the result being an overload of our National Health Service. So far the plan seems to be working but the next few weeks and months will be critical. The latest forecasts have us in some form of self isolation until at least June but we this is by no means in stone. Challenging mines indeed.

The result is a very different day to day existence for most people. Within medicine this will mean the cancellation of most outpatient clinics and the majority of elective surgery. At Invicta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, www.invictaorthopaedics.com, we continue to watch the current situation closely and are following all government advice. We have postponed elective appointments and surgery. We do however understand you will still have bone and joint pain, niggles and injuries which you may have questions about and need help with. We are therefore continuing to see patients with non-emergency problems from the comfort of your own home via Skype video link. For further information please visit our website, www.invictaorthopaedics.com, or contact our office on info@invictaclinic.com or 01892552908. Appointments are also available via phone. We are happy to discuss orthopaedic issues with anyone, whether from the Southeast, Northwest or overseas – whatever your orthopaedic problem we are here to get you back to your best. Our standard appointments are 15 minutes long and cost just £100. A double appointment can be booked if necessary.

Managing simple Orthopaedic problems at home

There are always some basic measures to take at home before considering going to see a specialist or accident & emergency with an orthopaedic problem – this applies to all but the most serious injuries. Whether you have an acute injury or a more chronic ailment such as arthritis our guide below has some tips to help you manage your symptoms at home.

Of course if you are struggling at any time then please do contact us for some friendly and professional advice on your orthopaedic problem or visit our website for more information – www.invictaorthopaedics.com or info@invictaclinic.com. Our new Skype video consultations are available every day of the week allowing you to talk direct to one of our renowned orthopaedic specialists.

Sports Injuries

Orthopaedic injuries, including sports injuries, are not unfortunately going to suddenly disappear. Time away from the office for many will mean more time doing “home gym”, on the bike or on the trail. If your kids are anything like mine they will have you charging around to the Joe Wicks workout online every morning – and that’s just to get the day started! Thankfully we are all allowed to do some activity once per day and we should use that opportunity. So what should you do if you suffer an injury? Obviously any significant injury that causes your joint to be unusable, swell up or feel unstable and is not improved by simple painkillers needs a specialist review. This can be achieved either through your local Accident & Emergency department (A & E) or by seeing an Orthopaedic specialist at Invicta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine via video consultation. Significant injuries or those with any deformity should be assessed in A & E first to rule out a fracture or joint dislocation.

If you do suffer an injury then these steps are good first aid:-
i) Rest the injured limb and apply a brace if one is available.
ii) Ice – Ice packs are good pain relievers as they dampen the inflammatory response and minimise bleeding and swelling. Wrap the ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables in a tea towel and apply to the injured area for up to 10 minutes each hour.
iii) Elevate the injured limb – Swelling follows gravity so elevate your injured limb on two pillows to minimise this. This can also be done at night time.
iv) Painkillers – Simple painkillers can be taken (but always read the label and consult your doctor if unsure). These include Paracetamol and an NSAID (such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen).

Despite these unusual times our Orthopaedic consultant specialists are ready to tailor a comprehensive treatment pathway to get you back to your best. Video consultations are approved by all major medical insurers including BUPA, AXA, Aviva and Vitality and self-pay consultations are available from only £100 per 15 minute consultation. For more details please contact our office on 01892 552 908 or visit www.invictaorthopaedics.com

Painful Joints & Arthritis

Then there’s our joint aches and pains. Sadly arthritis pain doesn’t just go away. There are measures we can take to try to alleviate arthritis pain, however. Some of these are short term fixes to alleviate acute symptoms but starting an exercise programme and losing excess weight are an excellent way of reducing symptoms in the longer term and getting you healthier and more active at the same time. Try a BMI challenge aiming to get your BMI down to less than 35 (or less than 30 if you can) though always diet carefully and do not aim to lose weight too quickly. We advise a dietician to help you to plan this.

i) Painkillers – simple over-the-counter painkillers can be used in the short to mid-term. Always read the label and consultant your GP first if you are unsure.
ii) Ice packs – the old ice pack shouldn’t be overlooked. Ice packs can be used for 10-15 minutes in every hour and give excellent relief of inflammation and therefore pain.
iii) Weight Loss -Whether you work in lbs or kg there is a x9 multiplier on some of our joints in certain positions (such as the knees on going upstairs). Losing weight is therefore important and can improve pain dramatically. Consult a dietician and aim to get your BMI under 35. For a useful BMI chart click on this web link – https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/187321665730412011/visual-search/– You will need to know your weight and height first!

iv) Exercise – It may seem counterintuitive but arthritis doesn’t respond well to rest. Lack of mobility leads to joint stiffness and pain. Cartilage needs movement to nourish it and keep it healthy. Of course certain exercises are better than others. My recommendation is those that don’t overload the knee joint such as an exercise bike, cross-trainer or rowing machine. An exercise bike in your living room is usually a sound investment.
v) Walking Aids – A walking stick used in the opposite hand (yes… the other side to your sore joint) helps to offload weight through the painful area.

Despite these unusual times our Orthopaedic consultant specialists are ready to tailor a comprehensive treatment pathway to get you back to your best. Video consultations are approved by all major medical insurers including BUPA, AXA, Aviva and Vitality and self-pay consultations are available from only £100 per 15 minute consultation. For more details please contact our office on 01892 552 908 or visit www.invictaorthopaedics.com



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