Have you been living with aches and pains over the past 12 months? Maybe you’ve put off seeking medical help in the hope that the problem would simply go away? Maybe you’re worried about taking time off work, or the financial impact that treatment might have? Or maybe the fear of undergoing treatment is enough to convince you to stick with the status quo?
There can be many different reasons that people put up with pain but if you’ve been living with aches and pains in 2019, why not make 2020 the year that you seek help?
How pain affects you
The impact of living with chronic pain is not always immediately apparent. But it can affect many different areas of your life. It can restrict your mobility and prevent you from doing the things you normally love to do. In turn, this can lead to a loss of quality of life and may even result in depression.
Pain is tiring and may make you less inclined to socialise, spend time with family or exercise. For some people this can result in a deterioration in overall health and wellbeing. It can also affect your relationships.
But you don’t have to put up with pain. There are lots of different treatments that can help to relieve chronic pain, ranging from medication through to surgery. The first step is to get a proper diagnosis so you know exactly what is causing your symptoms.
Diagnosing musculoskeletal pain
W27 is a musculoskeletal radiology specialist. We provide fast, accurate diagnosis of symptoms and conditions using state-of-the-art imaging. Depending on your symptoms you may be offered:
- An X-ray – these are used to diagnose many different conditions including fractures and dislocations, calcification in tendons, arthritis, joint alignments, inflammation and infection.
- Ultrasound scan – these use sound waves to produce images of organs, bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They provide a real-time view and can generate both static and dynamic images.
- MRI scan – these use magnetic field and radio frequency energy to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. MRIs are used to scan bones, joints and soft tissues.
- CT scan – these produce detailed 3D images of the inside of the body using a series of thin slice X-rays.
Treatments for musculoskeletal pain
Depending what your scan shows you may be offered a range of treatments. Not all types of pain require surgery. For example, if you have pain due to arthritis or inflammation you may be offered an injection of steroids directly into the affected joint or soft tissues.
Dry needling is a process that involves repeatedly injecting an abnormal tendon using ultrasound to guide the needle. The effect is to create mild trauma in the tendon and cause localised bleeding. The blood contains growth factors and proteins which may help to promote cellular regeneration and subsequent healing.
If more in depth treatment is required, such as surgery, W27 can refer you to a network of trusted orthopaedic surgeons who can provide specialist care.
Why not make this year the year you stop putting up with pain and start to live life to the full again?
MUSCULOSKELETAL TREATMENT | MANCHESTER, WIGAN, CHESHIRE + MORE
W27 provides fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal symptoms and conditions using the latest state-of-the-art imaging facilities.
For your appointment there is a choice of locations:
The John Charnley Wing, Wrightington Hospital – Hall Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9EP
HCA Manchester Institute of Health & Performance – 299 Alan Turing Way, Manchester, M11 3BS
Euxton Hall Hospital – Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley, PR7 6DY
The Spire Manchester – 170 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2AF
European Scanning Centre – 10-11 Bulstrode Place, London W1U 2HX
The OrthTeam Centre Ohm Building – 168 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2AF
Information about our Fees can be found here.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options with a specialist, please contact the team to book an initial consultation.