Joint Problems

How Can I Help Myself

There are lots of things you can do to manage your pain yourself.


How to see a Physiotherapist

You are able to refer yourself to Adult and Children’s Physiotherapy without seeing a doctor.

For further information please go to: See a physiotherapist (


ESCAPE-pain is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain of the knees and/or hips, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.

Telephone: 020 7188 7188 (extension 57032)



Joint Injections

In some situations, an injection of steroid into a painful joint can be helpful. However, sometimes this is not the best treatment and your doctor may recommend an alternative.

However, the following doctors do joint injections.

Shoulder: Dr Islam, Dr Jarvis, Dr H Khalid, DR McNiece, Dr Moreno, Dr Kuok

Elbows: Dr Islam, Dr Jarvis, Dr H Khalid, Dr Kuok, Dr Hodges

Fingers: Dr Islam, Dr Jarvis, Dr H Khalid, Dr Moreno

Knees: Dr Hodges, Dr Islam, Dr Jarvis, Dr Kempfen, Dr H Khalid, Dr Kuok, Dr McNiece

Thigh (Trochanteric bursa area): Dr Kuok, Dr Jarvis, Dr H Khalid

Gloucestershire Self Management - Live Better to Feel Better

Self-management is about finding ways, and learning techniques, which enable you to control your long-term health condition, rather than having it control you.

The Live Better to Feel Better course has been designed with you in mind, to provide you with these techniques as well as the confidence and awareness to use them appropriately.

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Telephone: 0300 421 1623


Versus Arthritis

Arthritis can affect the body in many different ways. Versus Arthritis has a wealth of information on how the pains caused by arthritis can be managed.


Musculoskeletal Self-Help App

The Gloucestershire MSK app (powered by getUBetter) is provided free of charge by Gloucestershire CCG for patients registered at Aspen Medical Practice. It can be accessed on a Smartphone or on the web and guides you day-by-day through a sequence of exercises and tips to help you get better from a range of new or recurrent musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Lower back pain
  • Back and leg pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Soft Tissue Lower Limb Pain
  • Hip Pain

You will be referred to the app by one of our GPs or Physio, or you can self-register by clicking on the app image or visiting

Please use an email address that is unique to you and select the condition you need help to manage.

You will then be sent an email with all the information you need to get started.

You can download the Gloucestershire MSK App to your smartphone for easiest access or use the webapp.

If you develop another condition, select your new condition from within the app and it will be added to your account.

The app will also connect you to your local treatment, healthcare providers or support services, if needed, such as Physiotherapy.

Simple Home Neck Exercise

A video of simple home exercises for your neck.

Please view the video

Guidance For Immunosuppressant Therapy

For more information from the Gloucester Rheumatology Department, please visit this page. 

Gloucestershire Community Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy Service

The service aims to support children and young people with a range of conditions by providing them and their families with support, advice and physical intervention to promote optimum outcome for the child and their family.

Information and factsheets

Please view the Hip Mobility and Strength video.

We Can Move - how to become fall-proof

Do you have older parents, family or friends that may be susceptible to falls? Are you an older person that wants to become more active, fitter, stronger and protect yourself from falls? Find out more at the We Can Move website.