Joint problems usually develop from a loss of cartilage. Cartilage is the white tissue at the end of your bones that enables joints to move without friction. This tissue reaches its peak growth between the ages of 18 and 20, and it does not regenerate. As we age, our cartilage gradually diminishes. Bones begin to rub against each other, causing stiffness and pain.
This pain can be relieved in many ways. Exercise, lifestyle changes and walking devices can relieve some pain caused by a loss of cartilage. Injections of medications or steroids can ease the pain. When the damage is more advanced, the joint may be replaced surgically.
Determining the right treatment for you
As a new patient, you’ll be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire for us. This will help us understand the specifics of your pain experience, your physical limitations and how quickly your symptoms have developed. The doctor will measure the range of motion in your joint and analyze the muscle strength around it. We’ll also take X-rays to give you and your doctor a clear picture of what is happening in the joint. From this information, your doctor can discuss treatment options with you.
If surgery is the answer
When persistent pain cannot be cured by other means, a surgical procedure may be the best alternative. A common surgical procedure is the replacement of a damaged joint with a finely engineered artificial joint.
Minimally invasive surgery
At Providence we specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques. These procedures use very small incisions, require less surgery time, and cause less trauma to surrounding muscles and tissues. Patients usually experience less pain, shorter recovery times and faster rehabilitation. Patients who are in relatively good health are excellent candidates for minimally invasive techniques.
Physical therapy plays a vital role
Physical therapy is an important part of many treatment plans. Providence Total Joint Replacement offers extensive therapy services to make your recovery successful.
Providence physical therapists evaluate and treat people of all ages. They will work with you to develop a physical therapy treatment plan designed to meet your specific needs.
We offer physical therapy at three locations: