It is well documented that Britain now has an increasing ageing population, thanks to the baby boomer generation starting to reach their retirement years.
With increased age naturally comes increased wear and tear on joints, bones, muscles and ligaments. Some people will choose to ‘keep calm and carry on’ ignoring the discomfort and putting on a brave face. They may justify this as just one of the things you have to put up with as you get older.
Encouragingly though, this is not the case for everyone. There is an increasing trend that as people are getting closer to retirement, instead of putting up with discomforts, people are being more proactive about getting them fixed.
Prepared to take action
According to a recent report published by NHSE (NHS England), the number of hip replacement operations on people aged under 60 has risen 76% in the last decade. Such a significant increase suggests that there is a shift in mentality – fewer people are prepared to just accept their aging joints, but rather are prepared to do something about it.
This is a heartening trend, and one that shows that as people’s understanding grows of what medical treatment is available to them and the benefits that medical intervention can bring, they are opting for treatments that can help significantly improve their quality of life.
The Royal College of Surgeons, the professional body that represents surgeons in the UK and around the world, suggests that one of the reasons that confidence in operations such as hip replacements is growing is that doctors can now reassure patients that the replacement joints are much more durable than they were in the past.
More proactive mindset
There is also an attitudinal shift, which suggests that patients are no longer prepared to suffer in silence and wait until the problem gets too severe. Instead, they are opting to try and nip the problem in the bud, and explore their options earlier.
If this sounds familiar and you are concerned about your hip or knee joints and/or ligaments, book an appointment to explore your options with Mr Manoij Sikand, who will be able to assess your case and talk you through all options available.