Osteoarthritis is a word many of us will have heard. However you may not be familiar with what the actual condition involves. Put simply the condition involves one or more joints in the body. In the past the condition was referred to as having wear and tear on your joints, but there is really more to it than this.
The joint that is affected develops spurs from the bone while the ligaments around the bone contract and get thicker. The condition can also affect the cartilage and this can eventually lead to the two bones rubbing against each other. Many people have the condition in their knees and hips, but other joints can also be affected such as those in the hands or feet.
The most important thing is for anyone suffering from joint pain to go to their GP to get a proper diagnosis. It doesn’t necessarily mean this is the case, but if a failure to diagnose osteoarthritis should occur it can have consequences for the future. It is uncommon for such a condition to go unrecognised but if this should be the case it is imperative that you have someone to consult regarding the outcome.
What would your life be like if you had osteoarthritis?
This condition can dramatically affect your life, so if it goes undiagnosed it can have a profound effect on your daily life and what you can do. Many people experience painful joints and if the condition isn’t spotted no treatment can be given. Generally speaking people are prescribed various kinds of pain medication or treatments to relieve the symptoms of the illness. If someone goes undiagnosed they could end up experiencing worse symptoms because of it. For example a joint could swell and make it difficult to perform specific tasks.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information about a compensation claim
We all expect to receive excellent care from all the medical professionals we come into contact with. In the rare situations where this does not occur it is prudent to seek no-obligation advice regarding your situation. If you believe there has been a failure to diagnose osteoarthritis and it has impacted your life in some way, you should give us a call. You can get in touch via our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to see whether we can assist you in bringing a no win, no fee* claim against those who were involved in your case.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim