Rockhill Orthopaedic Specialists prides itself in utilizing leading-edge techniques for the surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, the most common of progressive joint diseases. The condition often leads to total joint reconstruction or replacement.
If you’re experiencing knee, hip, or shoulder joint pain or living with a faulty joint replacement, you don’t have to wait to seek treatment. Our Total Joint Experts provide comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans for patients with permanent and progressive damage to knees, hips, or shoulders because of osteoarthritis, trauma, or other joint disorders.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process that causes damage to the affected joint when the cushion between bones (cartilage) breaks down, making joints painful and hard to move.
When Is It Time?
Each person tolerates pain differently. Most people can tolerate joint pain for months to years. The pain slowly worsens as the arthritis worsens. It may be time to see a joint specialist when:
- Your pain affects common daily activities, such as walking or using stairs
- Your joints are chronically inflamed or swollen
- Simple pain relief options have no effect
- You have a deformity of your knees or hips (decreased motion or bow-legged stance, for example)
Total Joint Replacement/Arthroplasty: Surgical removal of the damaged bone and cartilage and replace the joint with an artificial joint usually made of metal, plastic, and ceramic.
Modern medicine has many great successes, and hip and knee replacements are among them. We offer several options for each joint depending on the situation (XR implant, pain, deformity) of the patient. This conversation can be started with your surgeon at any time, well in advance of when you are ready for surgery. It never hurts to become more informed of options for your situation.