Care for Arthritis of the Hip and Knee in North Carolina
Comprehensive Solutions for Arthritis of the Hip and Knee
Age, stress, and diseases can make joints stiffen, similarly to how repeated opening and closing of a door can cause stiffness and squeaking in old hinges. EmergeOrtho’s joint specialists utilize the latest research, technology, and techniques to provide the proper treatment at the right time for each patient.
There are several types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting the hip and knee joints. Osteoarthritis occurs with “wear and tear” on your joints. The joints are cushioned by cartilage, a layer of elastic tissue that caps the bones where they rub together to reduce the friction between them. However, the cartilage can gradually wear away as you age, resulting in pain and swelling. Eventually, once enough cartilage has worn away, osteoarthritis of the hip or knee occurs. This process is similar to how tread on car tires wears down with time and eventually the tires need to be replaced.
Thankfully, experienced orthopedic specialists have multiple methods for the treatment of arthritic knee treatment and arthritic hip treatment. Depending on your situation, getting you out of pain may not require surgical intervention. The arthritis specialists at EmergeOrtho offer many various non-surgical treatment options as well as surgical solutions.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Arthritis of the Hip and Knee Include:
- Cortisone injections
- Ultrasound-guided injections
- Platelet rich plasma injections
- Stem cell therapy
- Genicular Nerve Ablation
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
Surgical Treatments for Arthritis of the Hip and Knee Include:
Experienced hip arthritis specialists and knee arthritis specialists can sometimes relieve knee and hip pain with minimally invasive procedures, joint realignment surgery, ligament reconstruction, and arthroscopy; some of these procedures require only tiny incisions and a few stitches.
More severe cases of arthritis may require total or partial knee or hip replacement. Total joint replacement substitutes an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis) and is the main treatment option for severe joint pain and stiffness. In a sense, the arthritis is physically removed and replaced with typically metal and plastic joint surfaces.
The artificial joint functions like a healthy human joint, relieving pain and restoring normal function. Our orthopedic knee and hip specialists realize arthritis can devastate your lifestyle and interfere with everyday activities. Therefore, we’re committed to developing complete and customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual needs. Click here to contact us now and start living your life pain-free.