More than 20 million Americans are affected by arthritis daily, causing their everyday activities to be interrupted due to pain and are eventually facing a joint replacement procedure. Without a way to manage the pain, this can lead to a less fulfilling lifestyle. Physical therapy may treat some cases of arthritis and some cases call for surgery. If surgery is called for, then portions of the joints are removed to alleviate pain. The most frequent areas for joint replacement surgery are on the knees, hips and shoulders.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement surgery also known as Total Knee Arthroplasty or TKA is an option for you if your pain is resulting from degenerative joint disease, a knee deformity or an accident. During your procedure the damaged or arthritic surfaces of the distal femur and proximal tibia and the rest of the knee joint are replaced with metal and plastic materials to restore the integrity of the joint.
Over 90% of total new replacement patients can expect a good to excellent result, with minimal to no pain, and the ability to walk more than one mile with an increased range of motion. Following your Orthopedic Surgeons orders is imperative to a full recovery.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery is a common procedure used for patients with severe arthritic pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. This shoulder pain is caused when the smooth cartilage surface where the ball and socket glides, is worn down, creating a painful “bone on bone” joint. The goal of shoulder replacement surgery is to alleviate pain and restore the strength and range of motion back to the shoulder. The procedure involves replacing the “ball and socket” with a metal ball and a smooth plastic surface for it to glide on. If a partial shoulder replacement is all that is required, then just the “ball” is replaced with a metal ball.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery or arthroplasty is a surgical procedure that removes damaged or diseased parts of your hip and replaces them with artificial, man-made elements called prosthesis. The goal of surgery is to relieve pain, regain mobility and normal hip function.
If your hip joint can no longer perform its job, your condition may require a total hip replacement if the damage or disease has only affected part of the bone you may only require partial hip replacement surgery. The most common type of partial hip replacement is called bipolar hip replacement.
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