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How to maintain healthy joints in 2020

How to maintain healthy joints in 2020

Professor Nick Harris, Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon and Professor of Sports Medicine, Spire Leeds Hospital, advises,

“Keep active. Low impact activities such as walking, swimming and cycling  are less damaging to joints. Maintain a full range of motion in the joints. Regular stretching will help this. This is best done after a gentle warm up rather than when the muscles are cold. Strengthening the muscles around joints helps support them.

Lose some weight. Losing one pound of weight reduces the loads across your knee by four pounds. Maintain a strong core. This helps with posture and balance. Don’t work through joint pain.

Maintain a healthy diet. Omega 3 found in fish has been shown to reduce inflammation which can help with arthritic joints and is also a source of Vitamin D. During the winter months everyone in the UK will see a reduction in their Vitamin D levels due to the lack of exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is important in bone metabolism and muscle function as is Calcium. Many people take Vitamin D supplements over the winter months.

Set yourself a regular training program. If you persist with joint pain seek advice from your GP or an Orthopaedic Specialist, there are often simple things that can be done to get your back on track.”

Full Yorkshire Post Article Improve mind, body and soul YP 2020

 

Lipogems Joint Preservation Clinic Opens at The Yorkshire Clinic, Bingley

Lipogems Joint Preservation Clinic Opens at The Yorkshire Clinic, Bingley

Professor Ernest Schilders and Professor Nick Harris open Lipogems Clinic at The Yorkshire Clinic, Bingley.

Lipogems is a unique process allowing the injection of microfragmented adipose tissue(fat) concentrate into damaged and painful joints. Adipose tissue is known to contain properties that may aid in healing and tissue repair. Studies have shown 100-500x more reparative cells within adipose tissue(fat) than from an equivalent amount of bone marrow including adipose derived stem cells (1,2).

Lipogems has FDA clearance in North America for orthopaedics and arthroscopic surgery and more than 20,000 patients have been treated so far.

The injection of microfragmented fat concentrate into damaged and painful joints has been shown in recent studies to improve pain and function, delay the progression of arthritis and increase the chances of returning to sports (3,4).

If you don’t feel ready for joint replacement surgery but have a painful hip, knee, ankle or shoulder then contact The Yorkshire Clinic for an appointment to see if you are suitable for this exciting new technique.

Professor Nick Harris – knee & ankle
Secretary: Lewis Greenwood
Phone: 01274 550874
Mobile: 07742 978762

Professor Ernest Schilders – shoulder and hip
Secretary: Joanne Wheelhouse
Phone: 01274 621600

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References:

  1. Hass R, et al. Different populations and sources of human mesenchymal stem cells: A comparison of adult and neonatal tissue derived MSC. Cell Commun Signal Cell Communication and signalling 9.1(2011):12
  2. Caplan A. Mesenchymal stem cells environmentally responsive therapeutics for regenerative medicine. Experimental and molecular medicine. 2013,45(11):e54
  3. Bisicchia S et al. Microfragmented stromal vascular fraction in symptomatic focal chondral lesions of the knee. XXVIII Isokinetic Medical Group Conference. April 2019,London.
  4. Dall’Oca C et al. Mesenchymal stem cells injection in hip osteoarthritis: preliminary results. XXVIII Isokinetic Medical Group Conference. April 2019,London

 

Sensational comeback for long distance runner after successful surgery

Sensational comeback for long distance runner after successful surgery

When Nick Little suffered a serious injury to his shinbone while competing in a race in Leeds he feared his running days might be over.

Nick, 27, a keen long-distance runner who clocks up around 75 miles a week, was devastated. He wasn’t able to run for three months and could barely walk. Every step was painful and he had to hobble on crutches just to get around.

Today, after having surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital, Nick is back at competition level after making a sensational comeback to running in April this year and achieving his fastest ever running time in the Bratislava Marathon, achieving 7th place out of 6,000 runners.

The problem first started four years ago for Nick, who is single and currently lives in Dubai where he teaches at a British curriculum school. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, he was teaching at schools in Leeds and competing in a series of races around the UK when he fractured the tibia (long bone) in his right lower leg. However, it was not correctly diagnosed straight away. It was thought to be shin splints and doctors prescribed ‘rest’. (more…)

Airline pilot Richard Mavor is taking on extreme challenges just months after severing his Achilles tendon

Airline pilot Richard Mavor is taking on extreme challenges just months after severing his Achilles tendon

A commercial airline pilot has completed some ambitious outdoor activity challenges following successful surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon at Spire Leeds Hospital.

Richard Mavor, 52, who is married with four children, and lives near Skipton, scaled the Lion’s Head mountain in Cape Town, South Africa last month before descending by paraglider. During the year since his surgery he has also been skiing, winter mountaineering, climbed a number of the Munros in Scotland and completed two small triathlons.

He injured his tendon while running the Windsor half marathon in March last year – part of his training for an Ironman challenge. After running 10 miles he developed pain in his right Achilles tendon. Determined to reach the finish line, (more…)

Yorkshire cure for painful condition caused by high heels

Yorkshire cure for painful condition caused by high heels

It’s a condition that’s becoming increasingly common in middle aged women and also with runners. However, it can affect anyone from any walk of life. Morton’s neuroma is a painful ailment of the foot which is often linked to wearing high-heeled or tight-fitting shoes or with sports that put pressure on the feet. The pain is often so debilitating that patients are unable to walk more than a few steps and it affects every aspect of daily life.

The number of people affected by this condition has more than doubled in the last ten years and women are eight to ten times more likely than men to suffer it – the largest group of those affected being women aged between 40 and 69 1.  It can be treated effectively however in some cases, the exact cause is not known.

Famous sufferers include Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, retired tennis star Lindsay Davenport and tennis ace Milos Raonic.

Sometimes described as feeling akin to walking on a sharp pebble in your shoe and having persistent pain in the ball of your foot, Morton’s Neuroma is an injury to the nerve between the toes, which leads to thickening of the nerve and can cause excruciating pain.

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Huddersfield man one of first to benefit from latest procedure in total ankle replacement

Huddersfield man one of first to benefit from latest procedure in total ankle replacement

When Neil Shuttleworth, a retired printing specialist from Huddersfield, had total ankle replacement surgery he told his surgeon at Spire Leeds Hospital his first ‘mission’ after surgery was to walk comfortably down the famous Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes eating ice cream with his wife Christine.

Neil, 81, underwent a Rebalance Total Ankle Replacement (Zimmer-Biomet) which is one of the newest replacements available. It uses a high-density E-Poly bearing (a type of polyethylene with added vitamin E) which bullet proof vests are made from. It is the only ankle replacement at present using E-poly for the bearing which has 80% better wear characteristics than conventional polyethylene making it more durable which should help the lifetime of the implant.

Professor Nick Harris, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon who performed the surgery at Spire Leeds Hospital, said, “The use of E-poly with its better wear characteristics is (more…)