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Help with Arthritis in later life.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. The term “arthritis” is often used to refer to osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of joint disease and affects many people in some form as they get older. There are other causes of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis: a highly destructive inflammatory joint disease. Osteoarthritis is often described as ‘wear and tear’ of the joints, although this is not the whole picture. It is rarely found in people under 45 but gets increasingly common in older age.

Find out more about Arthritis

How will it affect me?

Osteoarthritis can cause:

  • progressive pain and stiffness in joints, commonly in the knees and spine
  • redness or tenderness
  • bony protrusions called osteophytes

What causes it?
Over time, damage to joints begins to build up and can outstrip the body’s ability to repair itself, or can be repaired poorly, leading to further damage. Some people are more prone to developing osteoarthritis than others. Being overweight seems to be a risk factor, while regular moderate exercise may help to prevent it.

How common is it?

More than half of over 65s have symptoms, and even more will have some evidence of it on X-Rays.

How is it diagnosed?

It is usually diagnosed clinically based on history and examination. Sometimes X-Rays or MRI scans are helpful, especially if surgery is being considered.

How is it treated?

Treatment depends on the severity, but the main focus is on maintaining function and mobility. Except after an injury, rest is not helpful, and remaining mobile seems to be the best thing to keep joints healthy. Weight loss can help if you are overweight by reducing the load on the joint. Sometimes the pain or stiffness can limit activity, and careful use of painkillers can help progressive increases in movement and flexibility. In severe cases, knee or hip surgery may be effective.

We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
health experts for later life.

At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

Meet some of our consultants.

Dr Colin Mitchell

Consultant Geriatrician


How we can help.

Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

Clear and simple pricing.

First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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Smarter, faster, easier and
more thorough healthcare.


We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.


We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.


We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.


We are committed to giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

Want to hear more? Speak with our team now.

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    Dr Colin Mitchell

    Dr Colin Mitchell Graduated in Medicine in 2002 from Edinburgh University. He has served as a Senior House Officer and Specialist Registrar at various hospitals throughout the UK and also the Maroondah Hospital in Melbourne. He is now a consultant Geriatrician and Physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. His extra-clinical work includes positions as speaker at the Elder Care /Ageing Seminars for the Working Parent Company and as an Honorary Lecturer for Imperial College. Colin has a special interest in using Information Technology and Social Media to improve training and service design and has authored numerous articles and presentations on the subject, such as “Using smartphones and the medical web to become a more up-to-date, productive and informed physician” (CME – Geriatric Medicine, Jun 2011).


    Colin is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults (aged over 50) with a wide range of conditions including:

    Arthritis – Osteoarthritis / Joint pain
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Vascular dementia
    Immobility & Falls
    Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Parkinson’s disease
    Capacity Assessment
    Dizziness / blackouts
    Weight changes

    Assessment and Treatment

    Colin provides thorough diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing reviews. He aims to see you within a matter of days from referral and can see you at your home or at our consulting rooms.

    Appointment prices

    Initial assessment of 90 minutes incl. report, priced at £450.

    Optional follow-ups at £300 for 60 minutes, and £200 for 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.