Does knee or hip pain limit your ability to do activities that you enjoy? With the medical technology available today, it is no longer necessary to endure the pain and tolerate the limitation of activities associated with deteriorating joints.
The knee and hip joint are the major weight-bearing joints in the human body. The considerable stress that these joints endure over a lifetime often results in extensive wear of the joint surfaces. These joint surfaces are covered by a spongy soft tissue called cartilage. The cartilage normally serves as a lubricating surface and allows the joint surfaces to glide freely back and forth as one goes about daily activities. When the cartilage wears to the point that it no longer adequately covers the underlying bone, significant pain results with activity.
The physicians at OSS Health perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective course of treatment. Many treatment options are available, including medications, injections, and therapy. After exhausting conservative treatment options, a total joint replacement may be recommended in order to relieve pain, restore range of motion, and improve muscle strength and walking ability. The most commonly replaced joints include hips, knees, shoulders, and finger joints. With the expertise of Dr. Suzette Song, it is even possible now to replace the ankle joint. After surgery, our team of physical therapists designs a complete rehabilitation program to return patients to their optimal activity level.
The orthopaedic surgeons at OSS Health have been performing this surgery for many years with great success. If you are suffering from severe joint pain, we welcome you to investigate along with us whether or not this particular operation is appropriate for your own situation. Our physicians present seminars to the general public to make people aware of their options and help family members learn how they can become involved in their loved one's care.