Joint Health Specialist

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Orthopedics located in West Palm Beach, Florida

Joint preservation is the ultimate in preventive health care because it maintains healthy joint tissues and may stop the progressive degenerative disease. However, a joint replacement may ultimately be necessary to alleviate pain and restore normal movement after the joint has deteriorated. The team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, offers both options to support your joint health. To get effective help for joint pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Joint Health Q & A

What should I know about joint preservation?

At the Paley Institute Joint Preservation & Replacement Center, the team specializes in joint preservation techniques that maintain healthy joints, prevent degenerative disease, and delay the need for joint replacement surgery.

The team has successfully performed joint preservation procedures on the hip, knee, and ankle joints, extending the life of many joints for decades. Since your bones and soft tissues are preserved, you can still consider a joint replacement down the road, if necessary.

Joint preservation combines nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy and joint injections with surgical interventions. Surgery for joint preservation consists of numerous techniques designed to:

  • Repair injuries
  • Reconstruct ligaments
  • Realign, shorten, or lengthen bones
  • Restore damaged cartilage
  • Remove loose fragments
  • Remove damaged tissues and bone overgrowth

The team at Paley Institute also performs distraction techniques, such as distraction arthroplasty, which helps restore lost cartilage and promotes healing of the bone beneath the cartilage.

What should I know about joint replacement?

Joint replacements are most often done on the knee, hip, and shoulder, but nearly every joint in your body can be replaced, including your wrist, ankles, elbow, and finger joints. When you need a joint replaced, your doctor recommends a partial or total joint replacement, depending on the severity and extent of your joint damage.

In both types of joint replacement procedures, all the damaged bone and cartilage are removed, then they’re replaced with a prosthetic joint. Prosthetic bones are typically made from metal or ceramic, while your new cartilage consists of a plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer.

When might I need joint preservation or replacement?

You may be a good candidate for joint preservation if you have conditions such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Cartilage tears (labral tear in your hip)
  • Femoroacetabular impingement (irregularly shaped hip joint)

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the top reason for joint replacements. However, a severe fracture, dislocation, or joint injury that damages the blood supply may also require a total joint replacement.

When you start to develop joint pain, schedule an appointment at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute for a complete evaluation. With early diagnosis and treatment, preservation techniques can significantly extend the life of your joint and keep it free from pain.

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