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
- Topical Prescription Pain Medication
- Physical Therapy
- Exercise program such as CrossFit
- 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.
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.
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!