For most people, arthritis is inevitable as you age. Every joint in your body is susceptible: knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, ankles, wrists, fingers, and back.
Arthritis is a slow, degenerative process. Over time, the cartilage within your joints, which cushions and lubricates the joints to facilitate movement, wears down. As this occurs, the bones begin to rub together, causing friction and pain within the joint. The pain makes it harder to do everyday tasks, from walking and climbing stairs to reaching overhead and grasping items.
At Regenerative Orthopaedics & Spine Institute (ROSI), our surgical team specializes in treating joint problems such as osteoarthritis. We understand that you probably want to put off joint replacement surgery for as long as possible, and there are treatment options that can alleviate your pain.
We may first recommend no-surgical therapies such as cortisone injections, regenerative PRP therapy, physical therapy, or prescription anti-inflammatories.
Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. They're most commonly injected into joints — such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Even the small joints in your hands and feet might benefit from cortisone shots.
The injections usually comprise a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Often, you can receive a cortisone shot at your doctor's office. Because of potential side effects, the number of shots you can receive in one year generally is limited.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is a cutting-edge procedure that is gaining rapid acceptance as a nonsurgical alternative to osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder, and spine. PRP therapy uses components of your own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing process.
For arthritis, PRP therapy has the most potential when used early in the degenerative process, before the damage progresses and the condition becomes irreversible.
PRP therapy may delay the need for joint replacement surgery. It may also be used as a treatment for people who are not candidates for surgery.
PRP therapy is also effective for a number of orthopedic injuries that occur within joints, such as rotator cuff injuries in the shoulder, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the knee, tennis elbow, and golfer’s elbow.
JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
When conservative treatments no longer provide pain relief and surgery becomes necessary, the orthopaedic surgical team at ROSI are leaders in joint replacement procedures in Stockbridge and Griffin, Georgia.
• Total Knee Replacement
• Partial Knee Replacement
• Knee Resurfacing
• Total Hip Reconstructive Surgery
• Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
• Hip Resurfacing
• Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
Don’t wait until your arthritis pain starts limiting your lifestyle. Request an appointment online with Dr. Ploska or call us at (770) 892-0273 to find out if you’re a candidate for PRP therapy or joint replacement surgery. He would be glad to see you at one of our two Atlanta-area orthopedic offices in Stockbridge and Griffin. If you are currently a patient you can sign up and use our patient portal.