Diagnosing gout

Your GP may suspect gout based on your symptoms. Sometimes further tests will be needed to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible causes. Seeing your GP See your GP if you experience symptoms of gout for the first time. Your GP will as

Treating gout

Treatment for gout includes pain relief to help you cope with a gout attack, as well as medication and lifestyle changes to prevent further attacks. Pain relief for a gout attack What to do during an attack You should: Take any medication y

Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis in which small crystals form inside and around the joints. It causes sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling. It's estimated that between one and two in every 100 people in the UK are affected by gout. The conditio

Knee Ligament Surgery

If you tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee, you may need to have reconstructive surgery. The ACL is a tough band of tissue joining the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee joint. It runs diagonally through the inside of the knee

Treating Tendon Injury

Tendon injuries sometimes get better within a few weeks, but more persistent cases can last for several months. There hasn't been much research into the best treatments for tendonitis and other tendon injuries, so it's not clear exactly which are th

Symptoms of a tendon injury

The main symptom of a tendon injury is pain in the affected tendon, which will usually get worse when you move it. Other symptoms can include: Stiffness, which is often worse in the morning Weakness in the affected area or being unable to mo

Tendonitis

Tendons are strong bands or cords of tissue that attach muscle to bone. They help move the bones and joints when muscles contract. The main types of tendon injury are: Tendonitis – inflammation of a tendon Tendinopathy – the gradual deteri

Diagnosing osteoarthritis

There is no definitive test to diagnose osteoarthritis, so your GP will ask about your symptoms and examine your joints to help determine whether you have the condition. Your GP may suspect osteoarthritis if: you are 45 years of age or older y

Symptoms of osteoarthritis

The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in your joints, which can make it difficult to move the affected joints and do certain activities. The symptoms may come and go in episodes, which can be related to things such as your act

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. The severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joi

Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin, usually over the joints, and acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones. The main symptoms of bursitis are pain, swelling and tenderne

Knee pain

Sudden pain in one of the knees is usually the result of overusing the knee or injuring it. In many cases, you don't need to see your GP. The knee joint is particularly vulnerable to damage and pain because it takes the full weight of your body an

Knee replacement

Knee replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. It's a routine operation for knee pain most commonly caused by arthritis. More than 70,000 knee replacements are carried out in