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DMC Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

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Knee Pain - Your Guide to Treatment Options

Bone and joint problems don’t discriminate – they can happen to anyone, at any age. Fortunately, DMC physicians and staff are dedicated to relieving your pain and getting you back to your favorite activities. It’s part of our goal to help patients experience and enjoy their lives to the fullest. Preventive care, health education and leading-edge technology, combined with vast expertise, enables DMC to deliver the most advanced care for every musculoskeletal condition.

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  • any time the joint pain lasts more than three days
  • you have a fever that isn’t related to the flu, or flu-like symptoms
  • you have lost ten pounds or more, without trying, in a short time
  • you have severe, unexplained joint pain, frequently with other symptoms
  • if you have numbness, constant pain, or pain that comes and goes

Why Choose DMC for Orthopaedics?

DMC orthopaedic surgeons have performed thousands of joint replacement and orthopaedic procedures and were the first in Michigan to perform minimally invasive knee and hip replacement and resurfacing procedures. DMC Orthopaedics exceeds national averages for joint replacement quality and safety indicators, and DMC orthopaedic patients get back on their feet, and on with their lives, quicker. To treat you better, DMC voluntarily participates in clinical trials and other initiatives to improve your success as a patient through knowledge, quality and safety.

DMC is proud to be the official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Grand Prix and the Detroit Free Press Marathon. Our Sports Medicine physicians are dedicated to bringing local Collegiate, School-Aged, Club Sport athletes and Weekend Warriors the same expert care they provide to our local and visiting professional athletes. We also offer highly trained therapists and trainers, able to treat current injuries and work with you to prevent new injuries, so you stay on the field and out of the hospital. Check out our DMC Sports Medicine section by clicking the button above to learn more about sports specific programs for coaches, individuals and teams.

Osteoarthritis: A Common Cause for Joint Pain

The most common kind of joint pain, osteoarthritis can be caused by many things, including over use and repetitive motions that wear out your joints. 

Pain and stiffness in the joints, especially after exercise or when you put weight or pressure on the joint. You may notice a “popping” sound in the joints, morning stiffness, which usually lasts about 30 minutes and normally goes away after you move around and warming up the joint.

Non-Surgical Treatments/Medications
There are a number of pain relievers you can buy without a prescription, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen). If your pain continues, you might try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Some people get relief from an over-the-counter drug that combines glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate,or use a skin cream such as Capsaicin (Zostrix) to relieve pain.

Injections such as corticosteroids or artificial join fluid,are also an option. These, relief is immediate and they reduce swelling and pain. Any injectable therapy needs to be re-injected every three to six months.

Lifestyle Changes and Helpful Treatments
The least expensive way to modify joint pain is to stay active and get regular exercise. Your doctor can recommend a home exercise routine. If a local YMCA or high school offers water exercises or swimming, consider signing up. Getting enough sleep and losing weight, especially if you are overweight, can make a significant difference in your joint pain.

Physical therapy, massage therapy, support braces and even acupuncture can all be helpful treatments.

MAKOplasty is a Detroit Medical Center robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of your knee damaged by OA, your DMC Orthopaedic surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
A common tool in treating orthopaedic injuries is Arthroscopy, minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment procedure.

Arthroscopy uses a small fiber optic scope inserted through a small incision in the skin to see inside a joint. It has two purposes: diagnostic and surgical. First it is a diagnostic tool, allowing surgeons to view joint problems without major surgery. Depending on the problem found, surgeons may use arthroscopy to perform surgery by inserting small instruments through additional incisions to repair damage.

The use of tiny incisions results in less trauma, swelling, and scar tissue than traditional surgery. This means less time in the hospital and a faster recovery. Even better, because injuries are often addressed at an earlier stage, surgery is more likely to be successful.

Most arthroscopic surgery is performed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. Commonly discovered and/or corrected during an arthroscopic procedure are issues such as inflammation, pieces of loose bone and/or cartilage in the joint(s), bone spurs, ligament tears, tendon damage, Carpal tunnel syndrome and more.

Common diagnostic procedures used with orthopaedic injuries include MRI, CT scans, and x-rays – all of which can be reviewed by specialists in our imaging department. We can perform your initial diagnostic scans or can review previous scans as a referral or second opinion. For more information on our Radiology and Imaging services, click here. 

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
If you require surgery to lessen joint pain, you will need physical therapy to help your body recover, and for your joint to perform at tip-top shape. As part of your complete recovery, our doctors recommend DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you,
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