Common conditions


Thank you for using Torbay Charts – BNSSG Edition. We hope they will help you decide what treatment is best for you. Please click on the relevant condition above to open the chart.


Why is shared decision making important?

Shared decision making is important because it helps you to understand the treatment and support options available and the risks and benefits of those options. This enables you to make a decision about your preferred course of action, based on clinical evidence, good quality information and what is important to you.


How to use the Torbay Charts - BNSSG Edition

The top section of the first page of the shared decision making aids aims to help you and your clinician decide where you are on a scale of symptom severity, from mild to severe. The descriptions aim to help you decide where you are on the scale.

The next section is divided into three parts. The first part describes all the things you can do yourself to help manage your condition. Osteoarthritis is a long-term condition that can’t be cured but it doesn’t necessarily get worse over time and it can sometimes gradually improve, particularly if you exercise regularly, lose weight if you are overweight and wear suitable footwear. The second section describes what you can do if your symptoms are more severe and you need painkillers or a structured education programme or to see a Physiotherapist. The final section is relevant to a small number of people for whom these treatments haven’t helped or the damage to the joint is particularly severe. This section describes the surgery options available to repair, strengthen or replace a damaged joint.

In all three sections there is a small information icon ‘i’ beside each heading. If you click on this icon it will automatically take you to further information about that topic, which is divided into the following sections:-

  • What does it involve?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the risks?
  • What if I don’t have treatment?

There is then a section which describes all the local and national support available to help you to help yourself.


Starting a conversation

We hope this tool will give you useful information about your condition and the treatment options available. The aids are designed to help you start a conversation with any health care professionals who are supporting you, (e.g. your GP, physiotherapist or surgeon) together, you can decide what is the best treatment for you.


The ‘Helping you decide’ leaflet

To help you get the most from your healthcare appointments we have designed a leaflet that goes alongside the shared decision-making aids called ‘Helping you decide’. The leaflet aims to help you prepare for your appointment with a healthcare professional, so that you can take an active part in any discussions and decisions made about your care and treatment. You may also want to bring a friend or family member to your appointment. Please click here to view the ‘Helping you decide' leaflet. 

We hope this leaflet will help you prepare for and therefore get the most out of your appointment.