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Knee Pain - Your Guide to Treatment Options
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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.
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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.
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 tool used by surgeons to treat your pain with minimally invasive procedures. Using a robotic arm, MAKOplasty is available to treat partial knee resurfacing, total knee replacement and partial hip resurfacing. Designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA), your surgeon uses the robot to selectively target the part of your knee or hip damaged by OA. This selective targeting allows our orthopeadic expert to resurface the joint while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
The minimally invasive total knee replacement procedure performed with MAKOplasty gives your surgeon extreme precision, allowing them to accurately align and place the knee implant for nearly perfect results. Precision in placement results in an improved outcome for you, with a higher performing joint than with a traditional knee replacement.
DMC has used MAKOplasty™ technology since 2013 to perform other minimally invasive partial knee replacements and total hip replacements. Now we have the technology to perform MAKOplasty™ Total Knee Replacements. Request an appointment with a DMC orthopaedic specialist trained to perform MAKOplasty.
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