The right treatment and surgery to preserve your hip and knee joints is based on a number of important factors, including your age, present health, health history, the extent and location of the injury, and your history with other medications and treatments. Joint preservation procedures of the hip and knee are innovative ways to solve common joint problems, such as hip dysplasia, early osteoarthritis and others, without requiring full replacement.
Joint Preservation Procedures of the Hip and Knee Diagnosis
Joint preservation of the hip and knee is a new way to help relieve joint problems as naturally as possible. If you are having any joint pain in your hip or your knee, it is important to seek medical attention. To diagnose your condition, your doctor will ask you a series of questions about your past and current health and perform a physical exam. To best determine the cause of your joint pain and find the right treatment, one of the following techniques will be used:
Nonsurgical Treatment for Joint Preservation of the Hip and Knee
In some occasions, joint preservation of the hip and knee can happen without surgery. When the joints are stable enough to recover on their own without the risk of displacement, they can instead be immobilized and rested for a certain period of time, allowing them to heal naturally. In these instances, braces or a cast will be used to keep the leg immobile. Crutches may also be used to avoid putting any weight on the joints as they heal.
Surgery for Joint Preservation of the Hip and Knee
In most cases, joint preservation of the hip and knee requires surgery. The aim of most joint preservation procedures of the hip and knee is to repair any bone damage and reconnect any broken bones or torn ligaments that may cause the joint to not function properly. The majority of joint preservations of the hip and knee are treated surgically through one of the following techniques:
Joint Preservation Procedures of the Hip and Knee Research
As the population ages and more active young people get injured, researchers aim to find a way to preserve joints without requiring replacements. Replacements, while sometimes necessary, can leave a person immobile and still in some pain. Now research is being done on joint preservation procedures of the hip and knee to find better ways to relieve common disorders without full replacements.
One of the newest forms of joint preservation procedures of the hip and knee involves resurfacing part of the joint. While the concept itself is not new, the materials used in the past have frequently caused concern. With metal-on-metal resurfacing materials, many medical doctors found that there were on average more ions found in the liver, kidneys and urine of patients who underwent this type of surgery, leading to other complications and concerns.
But as research continues, scientists are making advancements in which materials are used and the process by which the procedure occurs. By refining the materials used, patients have increasingly seen better outcomes with fewer complications, resulting in more success rates.
As research on treatment is ongoing, it is a good idea for your conversation about it with your doctor to be ongoing as well.
The Rehabilitation Network of the North Shore-LIJ Health System is dedicated to providing you and your family with result-oriented, comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones find relief from pain and get moving again after an accident, illness, injury or surgery. We’re your partner in a safe, healthy, more rapid recovery.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's Trauma Services in New York performs Joint Preservation Procedures of the Hip and Knee surgery as well as a broad range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments for conditions that affect the bones.