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Body Talk - 15th July



My guest this evening was Mr Harbhajan Singh Plaha, Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Hartswood.

His specialist area is arthritis and hip joints. The most common cause of hip pain is arthritis, and the most common joint operation is hip replacement.

Hip problems can be experienced at any age. Most problems occur in later life, due to general wear and tear which brings on arthritis. The signs to look out for are pain, stiffness and difficulty in moving.

There are many treatments available, using painkillers and other anti inflamatory drugs. Lifestyle issues could be looked at too, the obvious one being weight. if you are overweight, the first thing your doctor would ask you is to lose a little, so that there isn't as much pressure on the joints. A little gentle exercise is good too.

Should the condition get extreme, there is always the option of a hip replacement. These operations can nopw have the patient in and out of hospital within four days. The other alternative is to have a surface replacement, which keeps the boone intact, and places a cap on the surface of the joint to stop further wear.

For further information, Mr Plaha can be contacted at Spire Hartswood, or you can contact me at Phoenix989fm.



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