"back pain relating to ortho problems"
About: Somerset PCT Somerset PCT Yeovil BA22 8HR
Posted by Clothed433 (as ),
Since moving here 2. 5 years ago, I am aware of the differences between care in the SE & here in South Somerset. With someone suffering with major orthopaedic problems, why do you see a specialist ortho GP prior to seeing a consultant, despite having ortho surgery? To bypass the systemn I had to pay over £100 to be seen privately. Surely if GPs know their patients have serious ortho problems, they should be sent directly to a consultant?
Some of my back problems relate to lifting patients & not being diagnosed early enough, after a fall years ago, resulting in developing oesteopenia.
Since coming here I have spent almost £1000 in private physiotherapy. When referred locally, post a total knee replacement, they were more interested in the way I walked & the exercises, but missing a badly swollen knee requiring 4 hourly pain relief. The moment my private physio massaged my ankle & behind my knee, I never needed any more analgesics. Pain relief? I was refused acupuncture, which I find beneficial, as my symptoms are more than a year old. If I need acupuncture I have to return to Surrey. I wonder whether the doctors giving this advice have ever required pain relief. I guess not.