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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Arthritis in Gilbert and Chandler AZ

Arthritis; Its Treatment and Diagnosis

There are many nonoperative treatment options for arthritis; such as alternative therapies, occupational therapy, and medications. Here is a short list of potential those treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory Medications
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  • Bracing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Exercise program such as CrossFit
  • Cane
  • Injections with Hyaluronic Acid, Steroid, PRP Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy
  • TENS Unit

Arthritis Patients Opting For Joint Replacements

As a last resort, an orthopedic surgeon in  Mesa AZ may perform a joint replacement. For the hip and knee, these have been incredibly successful. But they should only be performed as an elective procedure after considerable conservative options have been tried. One of the most common forms of surgery when it comes to arthritis patients is joint replacement surgery, with hip and knee replacements being particularly popular among older patients.

Over 500,000 hip and knee replacements are performed annually in the US and it rises every year. Considered to be far more successful than any other surgery, joint replacements can last up to 20-30 years after which a revision surgery may be required.

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The Procedure

Total hip and knee replacement procedures take approximately two hours, and involve removal of the arthritic joint spaces. In their place, the orthopedic joint replacement doctor will implant a combination of plastic and metal for the new joint surfaces. Modern joint replacement procedures allow patients the ability to start walking the day after surgery with physical therapy assistance. Recovery takes approximately three months in total.

Outcomes

Overall, joint replacements have some of the best outcomes imaginable at 90% good to excellent. It is crucial for patients to participate in their post-surgical physical therapy regimen, as that is “half the battle.”

The Board Certified providers at OSPI offer expert joint replacement procedures for the hip and knee. Some can even be done as an outpatient depending on the patient’s baseline health. Most insurance is accepted at the practice, with physical therapy being offered at the office as well.

For the top hip and knee replacement doctors in Gilbert, Chandler and Mesa AZ, call OSPI today!

 

Are Orthopedic Knee Braces Helpful In Preventing Or Treating Injuries?

This has been a controversial topic for a very long time. On one hand, knee braces can be used and are suggested by most orthopedic surgeons to help in a variety of conditions and problems, but there’s still the question of “Do they really help?”; which needs to be answered.

There are two types of basic knee braces that your orthopedic surgeon might suggest depending on the situation; Functional and Prophylactic knee braces.knee brace

Functional Knee Braces

Patients who are already suffering from a ligament injury are the ones concerned about the effectiveness of knee braces. In such cases, they are usually interested in the functional knee brace type, because they are specially designed to support a torn knee ligament. This means the knee braces can prove beneficial if the patient’s already suffering from a ligament injury, as further confirmed by a number of studies done on the subject.

In summary; functional knee braces are fully able to provide at least some protection to the knee, particularly when force is applied. The studies done, further examined that the knee with the brace is more stable as compared to without it.

Prophylactic Knee Braces

Specifically designed to prevent knee injuries from happening in healthy athletes, these knee braces were first made available and highly popularized in the late 1970s when they were tried and tested by NFL players. Since then, use of prophylactic knee braces has only increased with the positive results shown by several studies, regarding the injury rate of athletes wearing the braces as compared those who don’t.

Although the difference isn’t questionably large, they do show that athletes of certain sports such as football; have a much lower rate of contraKnee Bracecting an MCL injury, when wearing the brace. Some important factors however, should be taken into account as well when determining the likelihood of injury, such as;

  • The sport played
  • The position of the player
  • The conditioning of the player
  • The size and weight of the player

At first; there was a huge concern with regard to usage of prophylactic knee braces. It was said that they could potentially alter the force on the knee which could very well become problematic. This isn’t the case at all, because when fitted and worn properly, they have shown to decrease the rate of ankle injuries.

OSPI offers bracing for clients for both types. This includes braces that are either custom made or potentially “off the shelf”. Insurance often covers them. Call OSPI today at (480) 899-4333.

When to Meet with a Gilbert Orthopedic Surgeon

Many people sustain a variety of injuries through regular wear and tear or through sports or even just through repetitive motions associated with hard work. In many cases regular inflammation and pain might just be circumstantial, something which results from regular use of your body. In other cases these small indicators might represent a much more serious condition, something which must be treated immediately.

Many people wonder when they should meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Meeting with a Hip Replacement PhoenixGilbert orthopedic surgeon should be something reserved for injuries which you have already diagnosed with your primary care physician and what you have already attempted to treat using nonsurgical methods. An orthopedic surgeon is a great person with whom to meet after you have exhausted all nonoperative methods of repair and treatment.

An orthopedic surgeon in Gilbert and Chandler is somebody who can help complete minor and major surgical procedures on your joints. If you have already exhausted all nonsurgical methods of treatment you can ask your primary care physician for a referral and meet with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your situation and evaluate what options you now have it your disposal.

If you have torn your cartilage, your tendon, or suffer from other serious joint conditions it may be in your best interest to meet with an orthopedic surgeon. An orthopedic surgeon can resurface your joint or repair your joint using minor surgery such as arthroscopic surgeries. This type of surgical procedure involves a small incision in the affected area through which a tube is inserted. This tube has connected to a small camera which sends a live feed directly to the monitors in the operating room.

The Arizona orthopedic surgeon can use this to locate the damaged area and repair it immediately. In cases where you are referred to an orthopedic surgeon but the extent of the damage cannot be known at the time, an arthroscopic procedure can be used to first locate the site of the damage, the type of the damage, and the size of the damage, after which the surgeon can immediately repair the problem through a secondary incision.ospi_small

Prior to undergoing any surgical treatment for joint injuries you will of course have a consultation with the orthopedic surgeon so that you can review your current medical conditions and your medical history to determine if you qualify for certain procedures. The consultation is an excellent time to review which options you have your disposal given your particular situation and to discuss any potential problems you may encounter during your surgical processes.

OSPI is the top orthopedic practice in the East Valley, including Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek and surrounding areas. Most insurance is accepted, call 480-899-4333 today!

Understanding Rotator Cuff Tendinitis – Info from OSPI

The rotator cuff is a grouping of four muscles and tendons attached to the inside of your shoulder joint. Together these muscles and tendons allow your shoulder to remain stable and to move inside of the shoulder joint.

So what is rotator cuff tendinitis?

Rotator cuff tendinitis is something that happens when the tendons inside of your rotator cuff become irritated. This irritation causes the lining of rotator cuff bursitisthe tendon to become inflamed. Normally this lining is very smooth and if it becomes inflamed it can lead to a significant torn tendon or muscle. When your tendon has been used too much or it becomes injured it can increase the chances of a torn tendon.

What usually happens is the soft tissues start to rub up against the bone of the shoulder. This leads to significant inflammation, swelling and pain.

What causes rotator cuff tendinitis?

Your shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint. This means that you have a socket and a ball inside of which your bones sit. The top part of the arm bone joins together with the shoulder blade. And the rotator cuff is what holds the top of your arm bone inside of your shoulder blade and is responsible for controlling your movement.

Tendinitis happens when the tendons inside of this area move underneath the bone while they are still attached to the top part of your arm. This can take place if your tendon becomes inflamed and it can also happen when they regularly move and fray over the bone. Each time this happens it causes significantly more fraying to the shoulder. If this happens enough you can lead to a bone spur developing inside of the small area. Regular bone spurs can lead to rotator cuff tendinitis.

Most often rotator cuff tendinitis is caused by playing sports where you have to move your arm regularly over your head. This can include movements such as pitching during baseball or tennis. But it can also because by work, if you have to regularly move your arms over your head for your job. Painting and carpentry or to such examples of jobs where this can take place. Even gardening can lead to tendinitis.

The common symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis include mild pain when the arm is lifted above the head. When you try to reach for something over your head or you ospi_smallbrush your hair you might experience mild pain at the front part of your shoulder which travels to the side of your arm. This pain should stop before it reaches your elbow. But if the mild pain does not go away it can be an indication of something much more serious.

It is in cases like this that you should meet with our Gilbert orthopedic surgeon and discuss your options. In some cases you will have to work with a licensed physical therapist to help strengthen and naturally improve the muscles around your shoulder.

 

OSPI accepts most insurance plans, and offers several Board Certified sports medicine doctors who are experts in the treatment of rotator cuff tendinitis and tears. Call 480-899-4333 for more information and scheduling today with orthopedic surgeons Gilbert and Chandler trust!

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