Joint Treatment and Replacement in Kansas City

Joint Replacement

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About Joint Treatments & Replacements

Joints are a fundamental component of health and vitality.

Although a joint is technically any location in the body where two bones make contact, our practice focuses on the mobile joints of the extremities and spine.

Arthritis

Arthritis is the loss of cartilage in the joint space. It is sometimes referred to as “bone on bone”.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Popping/clicking

NONSURGICAL TREATMENTS

  • Weight loss
  • Oral medication
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Joint lubricating Iinjections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection

Acute Injuries

Acute injuries include dislocations and fractures, both of which put the cartilage at risk for long term complications.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Popping
  • Catching

NONSURGICAL TREATMENTS

  • Physical Therapy
  • Rest
  • Activity Modification
  • Bracing
  • Splinting

SURGICAL TREATMENTS

  • Surgical Repair
  • Surgical Reconstruction

Cartilage

Cartilage is the smooth surface of the joint that allows the joint to move properly. Cartilage has a poor capacity to heal from significant injuries due to limited blood supply and low concentration of cells.

SYMPTOMS

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Popping
  • Catching
  • Locking

NONSURGICAL TREATMENTS

  • Rest
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Physical Therapy

SURGICAL TREATMENTS

  • Cartilage Preservation
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Osteochondral Autograft or Allograft Transfer (OATS)
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
  • Juvenile Cartilage Transplantation (DeNovo, etc.)

Causes

Osteoarthritis

Also known as traditional “degenerative joint disease,” osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and typically occurs with joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

 

Post-traumatic Arthritis

Typically occurs following a previous trauma or fracture. The injury could be from sports, a vehicle accident, a fall, a military injury, or any other source of physical trauma.

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammation can occur in forms such as rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing a painful swelling. Psoriatic arthritis affects some people who have psoriasis.

 

Septic Arthritis

Caused by a bacterial infection in the joint. An infection can come from germs that travel from another part of the body. Septic arthritis can also occur when a penetrating injury delivers germs directly into the joint.

Why Replacement?

Benefits

Joint replacement is not the initial treatment for all patients, but it can result in life-changing improvement for many.

  • Range of Motion
  • Improve Overall Satisfaction with Recreational Activities
  • Improve Overall Wellbeing

Options

  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Full Knee Replacement
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Hip Replacement
  • Thumb and Joint Replacement

Related Physicians

Scott M. Abraham, MD Specialty: Robotic-Assisted Knee & Hip
David J. Clymer, MD Specialty: Hip & Knee
Matthew T. Kneidel, MD Specialty: Foot & Ankle Specialist, Foot & Ankle Surgery
Michael P. McCabe, MD Specialty: Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Knee, Hip & Elbow Arthroscopy
Greg R. Van den Berghe, MD Specialty: Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Knee