When Should You See a Joint Replacement Doctor?
Over time, your joints sustain a lot of wear and tear. Symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, or difficulty moving one or more joints could indicate severe arthritis, joint damage, or other joint conditions that might necessitate a doctor evaluation.
You may need to consider talking to a doctor about joint replacement if you:
- Experience extreme difficulty while using your hips and knees during non-intensive daily tasks
- Are in constant chronic pain despite non-surgical treatments and other remedies
- Have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and are experiencing diminished movement capacity
Total joint failure is the only recommended reason to get a joint replacement. Before advising total joint replacement, your physician will recommend conservative options. If you need a joint replacement, they are an excellent option for all ages. Contrary to popular wisdom, developments and advances in prosthetics mean people of all ages can alleviate pain with joint replacement.
What Causes Joint Pain in the Hips or Knees?
There are many causes of debilitating joint pain. Joint pain includes any part of the joint such as your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, and cartilage.
Different people will experience different pain thresholds. Some will experience mild pain and sensitivity after specific activities. However, others will experience extreme pain while bearing weight. People with severe pain will have trouble making any movement without experiencing intense pain.
When most people are discussing joint pain, they're often referring to pain from arthritis or arthralgia, which causes inflammation and pain within the joint itself. However, there are many types of conditions that cause joint pain.
Pain can be evidence of degenerative disease, osteoarthritis, broken bones, rheumatoid arthritis, or other joint conditions. The Resurgens Joint Replacement Center specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries in two of the largest joints: the knee and hip.
As the largest joint in the body - made up of the thighbone, the shinbone, and knee cap - the knee is one of the most easily injured joints. If you experience a popping noise and feel your knee give out at the time of injury, suffer severe pain, or struggle with immobility in the knee, these are signs you should consult a joint specialist to determine the severity of your problem.
The hip joint is made up of two bones: the pelvis and the femur (the thighbone). It is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body. If you experience limited mobility, stiffness, or pain in your hip, you should consult a joint specialist to determine the severity of your problem.
For patients looking for more information on other joint conditions and procedures, check out our other educational resources below.
How Resurgens Diagnoses Hip and Knee Joint Pain
In order to diagnose the severity of your condition and create the right treatment plan for you, our expert physicians perform a thorough evaluation, reviewing your patient history, examination, and diagnostic imaging studies to determine what measures should be taken.
Non-Surgical and Surgical Solutions for Joint Pain
Treatment of your hip or knee pain will vary depending on the severity of your condition. If your Resurgens joint doctor does not recommend total joint replacement at this time, there are a number of non-surgical hip and knee treatments available including fluoroscopic guided hip injection and Visco-supplementation for arthritis of the knee, which may provide pain relief and improved mobility.
For more severe hip or knee joint conditions, you may require total joint replacement. Resurgens joint experts will ensure that appropriate conservative measures have been attempted prior to surgical intervention. If it's determined that a surgical solution is required, our team is trained in the latest techniques in hip and knee surgical solutions.
Other Joint Conditions and Procedures
- Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Shoulder