Our Orthopedic Services
Are you experiencing knee or joint pain? If you have had a joint injury and pain is a daily occurance, give us a call. Sometimes joint or knee pain can be caused by arthritis. Arthritis treatment runs the gammut between exercise and
pharmacological treatment to surgery. Sometimes medical treatments fail and surgery becomes the best option. Arthroplasty or joint replacement options offered by our practice include:
-MakoplastyTM robotic partial knee replacement
-Total knee replacement
-Total hip replacement
-Minimimally invasive joint treatment
This list is by no means comprehensive! Please give us a call even if you have another joint-related issue.
Your knee is an engineering marvel, an intricate combination of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue. The largest joint in your body, the knee is the juncture of your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The two are connected to each other and to the front-facing kneecap (patella) by a complex network of muscle and connective tissue.
Although the knee is described as a "hinge joint," that image is a little misleading. The bones don't actually interlock with each other, but instead meet end-to-end, buffered by a cushion of smooth cartilage. An oily fluid (called synovial fluid) lubricates the joint surfaces to help keep them friction-free. Ligaments and muscles control the joint's main motions, flexion (bending) and extension (straightening).
A normal, healthy hip allows you to walk, turn, and squat without pain. Full function of the hip joint depends on the successful coordination of many interrelated parts, including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. Like other free-moving synovial (movable) joints, the hip contains a small amount of clear, oil-like fluid that lubricates the joint whenever you move it.
Smooth soft tissue called cartilage helps prevent the joint from dislocating and assists both the muscles that power hip and leg movement and the tendons that attach those muscles to the bones.
Age, injury and disease can cause the hip's cartilage to wear down. Without sufficient cartilage to serve as a cushion, the bones begin to rub together, gradually becoming rough and irregular. As a result, the ball eventually grinds in the hip socket when you move your leg, causing pain and stiffness.