Tens of millions of Americans experience aching joints with pain that makes it difficult to perform routine activities. Understanding the underlying cause of joint pain is the key to getting the right treatment and therapies. For some people, joint preservation can reduce pain and restore the function of your joints. The experienced and compassionate team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, can diagnose and treat your joint pain with joint preservation methods. Schedule your consultation with the online booking tool or call the office today.
Joint preservation is a treatment for relieving symptoms of joint problems, including hip dysplasia, early osteoarthritis, and knee problems. Joint preservation also helps prevent the need for full joint replacement surgery.
Joint preservation treatment includes both nonsurgical options and surgery. Knee and hip problems often benefit from nonsurgical joint preservation methods including braces to support the knee joint, and using crutches or a cane to limit the amount of weight on the affected joint as it heals.
For most people, joint preservation for hips or knees requires surgery to repair bone damage, torn ligaments, or reconnection of broken bones. There are several types of joint preservation surgeries, including:
Internal fixation is surgery involving metal plates, screws or pins to stabilize displaced bones. Most of the time the plates, screws, or pins are not removed after the bone has healed.
Primarily used for hip joints, your doctor uses metal caps to “resurface” the joints in the hip ball and socket area. The metal caps reduce stress on the joint muscles, helping reduce pain and symptoms of joint disease.
Partial replacement joint preservation is similar to resurfacing but instead of capping the joints, an implant is placed on part of the joint area. The implants help protect the healthy parts of the joint while replacing the nonfunctional parts. Partial replacement restores the function to the joint and reduces pain without the need for a full joint replacement.
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure in which the doctor makes a tiny incision to insert a scope with a camera to see the injured area. The doctor can repair damaged tissue so the joint can heal properly.
For misaligned bones, your doctor can change where the weight-bearing force occurs by removing weight from the arthritic or damaged portion of the joint and placing it on the healthy joint cartilage. The result is less stress on the joint and reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis and dysplasia.
Don’t suffer from ongoing joint pain. Give Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute a call to learn about your options for joint preservation and relief from your symptoms.