The road towards joint replacement begins with pain from your joints that is due to arthritis. An x-ray will help determine how mild or severe the arthritis is.
From this start point, we can develop a plan together with you with a goal to improve your function and reduce your pain. Our goal is to eliminate the words “I can’t”. Not all arthritis requires surgery to improve function
Options for mild to moderate arthritis can include:
- Exercise or physical therapy
- Nutrition and vitamins
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin
- Bracing for support
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Injection therapy
- Cartilage therapy (Viscosupplementation)
Sometimes the best way to relieve pain and restore function to a joint is to replace all or part of it with a prosthesis (an artificial joint). Prostheses are intended to restore function to the joint and relieve pain associated with arthritis, other chronic conditions, or traumatic injury.
Prostheses are designed to move like a regular joint. They are made of durable plastic and metal parts that fit together snugly but glide smoothly (as opposed to the painful friction associated with the worn cartilage of arthritic joints). The pieces are shaped like the structures they replace – for example, the damaged bones in a ball-and-socket joint of a hip or shoulder are replaced with a metal ball and plastic socket. They are held to the surrounding bone either with a locking mechanism or with a special bone cement.
Why Live with Chronic Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder replacement (also called shoulder arthroplasty) can offer new hope for patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain. Shoulder replacement is the third most common type of joint replacement, after knees and hips. For more information, visit www.LiftMyArm.com.
Don’t wait for the pain of knee arthritis to take you out of the game. For more information on treatment options, visit www.KneeReplacement.com DePuy Orthopaedics, a leader in rotating platform technology, has pioneered the innovative Sigma Rotating Platform Knees, which are designed to bend and rotate. Sigma Rotating Platform Knees also allow more natural movement with less implant wear compared to traditional knee replacement.