Joint health advice

Discover our bank of expert advice to improve your hip and knee health, whether you’ve had an injury, are experiencing joint pain or want to protect your joint health for the future.

Keeping your joints healthy

Joint pain isn't an inevitable part of ageing. While genetics can play a part in whether you'll experience joint deterioration, your lifestyle can have a huge effect on maintaining joint health.

Lighten the load

The heavier you are, the more load your joints bear and the faster they will wear out. Even small changes can have an impact - losing just one stone will take around seven stone off your knee joint with every step.

Exercise, but take it easy

Gentle exercise and stretches focused on your hips and knees can make a big difference to your ability to avoid and recover from injury and reduce wear and tear on the joints.

Eat healthy

Antioxidants are thought to slow the progression of arthritis inflammation, Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and Omega-3 has been linked to reduced joint pain and stiffness.

Exercise for stronger joints

Despite the common belief that exercise is bad for your joints, studies have shown that it can help to build healthy cartilage and support the joints, keeping them stronger for longer.

What can exercise do for your joints?

    Reduce your risk of injury
    Reduce pain
    Increase flexibility
    Reduce excess weight and stress on your joints
    Strengthen the joints.

Diagnosing osteoarthritis

Soreness, swelling or aching in the joints could be a sign of osteoarthritis.
The best way to really know the state of your joints is to speak to a specialist and have an x-ray. Any pain should be investigated by a medical professional. Here are the signs to look for that might mean you need professional help:

  • Hip or groin pain localised between your hip and knee
  • Stiffness when moving and using your joints
  • Coming up short, and unable to walk your normal distances
  • Unable to stand on your problem leg for longer than a minute.

Worried about radiation in medical scans?

This animation shows just how little radiation is needed to help experts diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Treatment without surgery

“Three months ago I was finding it difficult to walk very far and to sleep due to pain. This has almost gone. I'm not waking at night, so now get a good night's sleep, I'm also walking a lot better.”

Had joint pain for more than six months?

Nuffield Health has launched the Joint Pain Wellbeing Programme to help people with osteoarthritis manage joint pain without surgery, for free. Participants meet with a wellbeing expert in our gyms and learn about the role of food, exercise, sleep and mental wellbeing in pain management.


If you need surgery 

Accidents and osteoarthritis can leave your joints worn out and very painful. If you've experienced long-term pain or an injury, speak to your doctor to find out whether surgery could be the right route for you. 

Recovering from surgery

A new hip or knee can be a new lease on life, but to make hip and knee replacements successful, you should begin your recovery as soon as you’re able. Soon after your operation, a physiotherapist will visit you on the ward to begin your recovery.

Do little, often - Full recovery takes around 9-12 months. With time, you'll notice a difference.

Listen to your body - You know your own body. If you don't feel right, talk to your consultant.

Be aware of DVT - Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a rare side-effect of surgery. If your calf becomes swollen, seek medical advice fast.

Stay cool - Use an ice pack to decrease any pain and knee swelling (we usually provide a Cryocuff for you to take home)

Real-life recovery stories

When you’ve been living with joint pain, it can be hard to imagine what a life without pain is like. Discover some of our inspirational recovery stories:

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