When a joint causes you pain or doesn't function like it should, everyday life can become very difficult. Because we rely on joints to perform just about any movement, it's very important to accurately diagnose and treat joint conditions before they become unbearable. The Resurgens Joint Replacement Center specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions in two of the largest joints: the knee and hip.
Common Joint Conditions that are Treated with Total or Partial Replacement
Total or partial joint replacement can treat many different conditions. At Resurgens Joint Center, we primarily focus on replacing the joints in the knee and hip. Replacing worn out components with new ones can help you get back some of your freedom.
The most common joint conditions requiring replacement of the knee or hip include:
Osteoarthritis: Also known as degenerative joint disease, this condition involves the breakdown of joint cartilage due to aging or injury. Osteoarthritis can affect the hip and the knee.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): This chronic disease causes inflammation on the joint lining, which results in swelling, joint pain, and rigidity.
Avascular Necrosis: Also known as osteonecrosis, this condition arises when there is a disruption in the bone's supply of blood, causing the bone to weaken and give out. As the bone collapses, it can cause arthritis. Osteonecrosis can affect the hip and the knee.
Fractures: There are many causes of bone fracture, including trauma, osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis, among others. Torn ligaments and cartilage may also require intervention.
Bone tumors: Tumors can compromise bone integrity and cause interference with the body's everyday processes. Surgery can help eliminate this problem, and many benign tumors are unlikely to recur after removal.
Knee Joint Conditions
Your knee is a complex joint with many components, making it vulnerable to a variety of injuries and one of the most common reasons people see their doctors. Trauma-related injuries, such as knee fractures, and degenerative conditions, such as osteonecrosis or osteoarthritis of the knee, are often treated through knee replacement. Understanding the anatomy of your knee can give you a further insight into the joint conditions that affect the knee joint.
Visit our interactive library of knee conditions including those that might lead to a total knee replacement. If you are experiencing limited mobility, stiffness, or pain; schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians who can diagnose your knee condition.
Hip Joint Conditions
The hip joint is the largest "ball and socket" joint in the body located where the thigh bone meets the pelvic bone. Common conditions that might lead to hip replacement include hip fractures and degenerative hip diseases, such as osteoarthritis of the hip and rheumatoid arthritis. To better learn about joint conditions that can affect the hip, read more about the anatomy of your hip joint here.
Visit our interactive library of hip conditions including those that might lead to a total hip replacement. If you are experiencing limited mobility, stiffness, or pain; schedule an appointment with one of our expert physicians who can diagnose your hip condition and create a treatment plan specific for you.
When to Consider Treatment for Your Joint Condition
Although many perceive total or partial replacement of a joint as a procedure reserved for older individuals, new technology and improved techniques make it possible for younger people to receive a long-lasting prosthetic as well.
You might need joint replacement if you:
Have difficulty moving your knees or hips throughout routine, daily tasks
Experience pain that does not go away, even with the help of non-surgical approaches
Are diagnosed with osteoarthritis and the disease is physically debilitating
Non-surgical solutions would be recommended to patients suffering from extensive, irreversible joint damage first but in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
The experts at Resurgens Joint Center have helped many people get moving again. Experience why so many Georgians trust Resurgens Orthopaedics' physicians and surgeons to get moving again. Schedule an appointment now at one of our 24 Metro Atlanta locations.