WHAT IS JOINT DAMAGE?
Joint Damage is when the tissue in a joint has become inflamed or damaged by disease, constant use or overuse. It is usually associated with Arthritis but can also be caused by injury or other conditions that cause the protective layer between bones to weaken or tear. This allows bones to rub directly together resulting in soreness, stiffness, swelling and pain.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Symptoms include stiffness and pain in the joint that limit range of motion and may make any physical activity difficult. Severe symptoms can disable a patient and greatly diminish quality of life.
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Your Esse Health Orthopedics Team will ask you questions about your joint pain. An X-ray may be needed to determine the extent and type of damage. Arthroscopy, a surgical procedure to view the inside of the joint, may be used to diagnose and potentially treat your joint damage. Your doctor may order a blood test to screen for certain autoimmune disorders.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Treatment options may include exercise, physical therapy and medication to relieve pain and swelling. Canes and walkers can provide support if it is difficult to walk. Depending upon the level of damage, your Esse Health Orthopedic Surgeon may feel you are a candidate for Total Knee, Hip or Shoulder Replacement. Partial Knee Replacement is another option. Your Esse Health doctor will recommend the best choice to help minimize your pain and ease your discomfort.