Many people experience joint pain that ranges from annoying to debilitating. It can interfere with work, recreational and daily activities. Joint degeneration typically causes joint pain to worsen over time and eventually may become unbearable. Degeneration associated with arthritis may be related to age, prior trauma, repetitive work, genetics, autoimmune disease (i.e. rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, gout, etc.), and/or excess weight. Arthritis damages the surface of the joint, resulting in the painful feeling of bone-on-bone friction as the joint is moved. The pain can become excruciating to the point of severely limiting your movement and interfering with day-to-day activities. If the pain is negatively affecting your quality of life, joint replacement may be a good option.
Joint arthroplasty involves the replacement of the damaged joint with metal, plastic and ceramic. It can be performed on a multitude of joints in the body but most commonly in hips, knees, shoulders, hands and feet. Joint replacement surgery is generally indicated for those who fail non-operative measures.
Over the past decade, there has been an explosion in the number of joint replacement surgeries. The reason for this demand is simple, people are living much longer and wanting to stay active much later in life. Joint replacements can allow seniors to stay active later in life and remain living independently. Since the first major joint replacements were done over 50 years ago, the designs, materials (metal, plastic, and ceramic) and technique of fixation to the bone have advanced to the point that a well-placed joint may easily last 25 or more years. This is good news for the current influx from the activity minded baby-boomer generation.
Our physicians at Orthopaedic Associates consider joint replacement surgery for patients whose quality of life is significantly debilitated from joint disease and arthritis after all other non-operative treatments have proved unsuccessful. We initiate treatment with conservative measures such as physical therapy, medication, injections (corticosteroid, viscosupplementation, PRP), assistive medical devises (braces, etc). In the event that surgery is the optimal treatment for your condition, our team of highly skilled doctors and physical therapists are devoted to your full recovery by delivering specialized quality care pre- and post- surgery. Whether it involves joint replacement surgery or non-operative treatment, our specialists will assist you in developing an individualized treatment plan to fit your activity goals. Our team’s focus is to improve pain, restore mobility, and allow you to return to the activities that you value most at the least risk.
If surgery is necessary, our Joint specialists are experienced and proficient in a complete range of joint replacement surgical techniques from minimally invasive to advanced surgical implants and revisions. We utilize a team approach with dedicated anesthesiologists and physical therapists for multi-modal pain management and early mobilization to improve your operative experience.
For urgent injuries that need immediate assistance, we offer same day or next day appointments. For all other appointments, you will receive a callback within 2 business days.