At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of joint injuries and conditions.
Pain in the knee, hip, or another joint can be debilitating. Joint replacement doctors are orthopedic surgeons who help people suffering from joint pain by performing surgeries such as hip replacement, knee replacement, and other types of joint replacement surgeries. The patients they serve are typically people who have tried conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, but the treatments no longer provide adequate relief for them.
These medical specialists can perform surgery on many different types of patients, such as people who have arthritis, shoulder problems, or hip pain. The type of joint replacement needed and the surgical techniques that are used can vary depending on the patient and the severity of their condition. For instance, some people may need a partial knee replacement while others require a total knee replacement. If it is a hip problem, the surgeon may use an anterior approach, which can minimize trauma to the muscles and surrounding tissue. There are also times when a patient needs to have a joint revision surgery, which is when the surgeon removes the person's current artificial joint and replaces it with a new implant.
Joint replacement doctors consult with patients prior to their procedure to ensure they understand what the surgery involves as well as what will be required afterward. When the surgery is successful and they have a new artificial joint, many patients feel healthier overall. Not only is there an improvement in their mobility, but there is also an overall improvement in their quality of life and ability to perform daily activities after the joint replacement surgery.
When It's Time to Seek Joint Care
When you have joint pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences joint issues differently, here are examples of common symptoms you may be noticing:
- Current artificial joint seems loose or unstable
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Hip swelling
- Joint produces a bone-on-bone sensation
- Knee feels unstable
- Knee pain
- Pain and throbbing at night, making it hard to sleep
- Stiffness seems to be increasing
Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common joint problems or injuries:
- Cartilage degeneration
- Current implant needs to be replaced
- Degenerative joint disease
- Deformity (knee, hip, shoulder, etc.)
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a joint specialist when you suspect a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our joint replacement doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Joint Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your joint issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your doctor to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your joint pain.
Our board-certified or fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeons, Dr. Brian Blair, Dr. Michael Bohan, Dr. Justin Brothers, Dr. J. Clark Butler, Dr. Steven Callihan, Dr. Thomas Chambers, Dr. J. Christopher Gayton, Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Edward Mikol, Dr. Tyler Noble, Dr. Peter Ramsey, and Dr. Todd Tupis, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating joint-related injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our joint replacement surgeons are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. At the same time, our surgeons will recommend joint replacement surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your joint pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your joint issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced joint replacement surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our four locations: Carolina Forest, Conway, Murrells Inlet, or Carolina Forest – Satellite. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.