Are you experiencing knee or joint pain? If you have suffered a joint injury and pain is a daily occurrence, feel free to give us a call. Sometimes joint pain can be caused by arthritis. Unfortunately, arthritis can develop in numerous joints including the knee, elbow, wrist, and more. Arthritis treatment runs the gamut between exercise and pharmacological treatment to surgery. Sometimes medical treatments fail and surgery becomes the best option. Our practice offers a broad range of solutions for joint pain.
Joint care and replacement services include:
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 " 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. Two rubbery discs called menisci also separate the femur and tibia. 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). ,"
Knee injuries can be as simple as pain resulting from a minor fall or can be something major like a vehicular accident tearing the knee ligaments or cartilages. Sometimes, sports injuries may affect the muscles and bones of the knee joint too, and that’s when a visit to an orthopedic surgeon may be necessary.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries:
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee are caused by the knee bending the wrong way, pushing back too far or twisting too hard, leading to overstretching and rupturing of the ligament. The immediate treatment includes protect, rest, ice, compress and elevate (PRICE).
- Protect: You should protect your knee from any weight-bearing by using crutches for a few days.
- Rest: One must stop playing any type of sports affecting the knee.
- Ice: It helps by reducing swelling and pain and quickens the healing process.
- Compress: Specialized elastic bandages help by reducing swelling and provide support to the joint and ligament following the injury till they recover completely.
- Elevate: Helps in reducing the swelling.
Hip replacement surgery is an orthopedic procedure where the damaged hip joint is replaced by an artificial joint ‘prosthesis’. Prostheses are made of materials like metal, ceramic or plastic so that they are accepted by the body. Hip replacement surgery is commonly advised to patients with damaged hip joint due to arthritis, hip fractures and benign or malignant bone tumors. Symptoms such as continuous hip pain, even when the patient is taking medication; difficulty in commuting, difficulty using a staircase, increased pain on walking, difficulty in rising from a seated position etc. may be the reasons for considering the surgery. The ultimate goal of this operation is to relieve the patient of his suffering and achieve maximum joint mobility.