Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatment for Painful Knee or Shoulder Joints
Your knees and shoulders are the most flexible joints in your body, allowing
you to pivot and rotate in many positions. However this flexibility is
also what makes these joints susceptible to instability and injury.
At Torrance Memorial we offer the full spectrum of treatments for painful
knee and shoulder joints, from physical therapy to leading edge surgical
options. Our expert orthopedic surgeons will take the time to accurately
diagnose your condition and offer innovative solutions to help you get
back to the activities you enjoy.
Diseases of the Joints
Osteoarthritis ("Wear-and-Tear Arthritis)
The most common type of joint arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is often
referred to as "wear-and-tear" arthritis, and it results in
the wearing away of the normal smooth cartilage until bare bone is exposed
causing severe pain.
Unlike osteoarthritis, which is a "wear and tear" phenomenon,
rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that results in
joint pain, stiffness and swelling. The disease process leads to severe,
and at times rapid, weakening of multiple joints, resulting in severe
pain and loss of function.
Total and Partial Joint Replacement
Joint pain occurs when the cartilage connecting bones wears away or is
damaged. When this happens to the knee or shoulder, replacement may be
the only solution that can enable a patient to return to an active lifestyle.
Joint replacement can reduce pain, restore movement to the joint and improve
the overall quality of a patient's life. When only a portion of the
joint is damaged, a partial joint replacement may be all that's needed.
Arthroscopic surgery is a common orthopedic technique that is often used
to diagnose and treat problems in joints.
Arthroscopy is performed by inserting a tiny camera attached to a fiber-optic
light source through a small incision (about one centimeter) and into
the joint. The camera allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the
joint on a television monitor during the procedure, which involves pumping
fluid through the joint to clear debris from the joint. One or more other
incisions may be made to insert instruments that can treat a variety of
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