Joint manipulation treatment

Non-invasive simple treatment to ease pain and improve range of movement

Aches and pains in our joints are often caused by wear and tear and become more common as we get older but they can also be caused by sporting injuries.

Stiffening and contraction of muscles, tendons and ligaments can often be a side effect of wear and tear on a joint.

Manipulation can help loosen it up, improve range of movement and ultimately aims to ease the pain.

Why us

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
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Why you might need joint manipulation treatment

Joint pain can be a debilitating condition, particularly in the hips, knees and ankles. It can prevent us from staying active and this, in turn, can lead to wider health problems. Because joints are complex regions of the body it’s often hard to diagnose a specific cause for the pain, but some common causes are:

  • muscle spasm or contraction
  • slight misalignment in the joint
  • trapped tissue
  • tight joint capsule

Manipulation is a non-invasive, simple treatment that can help ease pain, improve range of movement and get you back to more active, healthy lifestyle.

Find a consultant at Sussex Premier Health

Mr Andrew Armitage

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Adrian Butler-Manuel

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Richard Goddard

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Simon Hoskinson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Simon Pearce

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Andrew Skyrme

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Your initial consultation

At Sussex Premier Health, you will have a formal consultation with your Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests such as scans or blood tests are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

What to expect on the day of your procedure

On the day of your operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room. Your private room will have an en-suite bathroom and TV and Wi-Fi facilities.

You will be put under a general anaesthetic for joint manipulation, so you will be asleep throughout and this will make your muscles more relaxed – aiding the procedure. Your doctor will then use his or her hands to move the joint, taking it to its full capacity in every direction.

The treatment usually takes about 20 minutes.


A physiotherapist will visit you while you’re with us and show you some exercises to do that will help speed up your recovery.

Your joint will feel sore after the procedure so we will give you pain relief medication while you’re with us and to take home with you.

Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.

For guidance on pain relief and your recovery time, please see our patient information sections below.

If you need them, continue taking painkillers as advised by the hospital.

We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you’ve left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.

Once home, it’s sensible to take it easy for the first day. You may find you have some discomfort in the joint for a couple of days, but a successful manipulation should ultimately give you more movement than you had before.

It’s crucial that you continue with the exercises recommended by your physiotherapist, as these will help you to maintain movement in the joint.

Typically your consultant will want to see you after your treatment to see how you’re doing. You might also be seen by a physiotherapist. A follow up appointment will be made for you before you leave the hospital.

Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still here when you need us.

If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery you can call and speak to a member of the nursing team at any time, please call 01424 757459.

On rare occasions, complications following treatment can occur.

If you experience the pain in your joint worsening during the few days after your procedure or if you experience any swelling or numbness – don’t hesitate to call us.

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they could apply to you.

Your surgery will be performed by your consultant surgeon.

Interested in finding out more?

Speak to a member of our team

Phone01424 757400

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