Doctors specializing in joint care, called orthopedists, diagnose and treat problems related to your joints. They treat injuries related to bones, shoulders, knees and hips and relieve pain with joint rehabilitation or replacement. You may need to see them if you have strains, sprains, arthritis or chronic joint pain.
Joint specialists throughout Florida
Part of nearly every movement we make, our joints are always hard at work.
As we age, it's common for joints that are putting in overtime to have more wear and tear than others. However, if the joints become too overwhelmed, it can begin to cause pain and immobility. At HCA Florida Physicians — a network of physician practices across the state — we understand that living with chronic joint pain can be frustrating. From trouble exercising to difficulty walking, joint issues impact your daily life, but our orthopedic experts are here to help.
Causes of joint pain
A joint is a part of the body where two or more bones meet, which allows for movement and range of motion. If any part of the joint becomes damaged, it can cause pain and immobility. There are many different conditions that cause joint pain, such as:
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis
- Sprains and strains
Joint pain treatments
From medication management to advanced joint replacement surgery, our orthopedic programs offer a wide range of treatments to help with your condition. Some of these treatments include:
Minimally invasive and noninvasive joint pain treatments
Our orthopedic specialists will typically try to resolve your joint pain with noninvasive treatments before suggesting surgery.
Some of our nonsurgical treatments for joint conditions include:
- Joint injections — When you receive a joint injection, the doctor uses a thin needle to inject medication directly into the site causing pain.
- Medication management — Our doctors can prescribe different pain and anti-inflammatory medications to manage your symptoms.
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation — Physical therapy and rehabilitation involves medically supervised exercise. These exercises are designed to strengthen targeted muscles that may be contributing to your pain by putting extra strain on joints.
Joint replacement surgery
If nonsurgical treatments have proven to be ineffective and your joints have become extremely worn, your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery.
Joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged or diseased parts of a joint with implants (prostheses), creating a healthy, like-new joint. There are three main approaches to joint replacement surgery we offer, which are:
- Partial joint replacement— During a partial joint replacement, the joint ball (hip) or hinge joint (knee) is replaced with a prosthetic, an artificial piece made from metal, ceramic and/or plastic.
- Total joint replacement— During a total joint replacement, both the ball and socket joint or the hinged joint are replaced with prosthetic pieces.
- Revision joint replacement surgery—In some cases, additional surgery may be required to replace a worn-out joint replacement.
Hip replacement surgery
Our joint replacement surgeons offer partial and total hip replacements to treat hip pain. When possible, we use the minimally invasive anterior approach. With this approach, our surgeons create an incision on the front of the hip instead of the back of the hip. This allows them to more easily access the hip joint and spare more healthy tissue.
Common reasons for a hip replacement include severe instances of:
- Hip injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Knee replacement surgery
When knee pain becomes chronic, our joint specialists may recommend a total or partial knee replacement. During your procedure, your surgeon will replace all or part of the damaged knee joint with an artificial joint.
Common reasons for a knee replacement include:
- Prolonged knee pain due to arthritis or knee injury
- Severe injury and decrease mobility
- To correct a knee deformity
Shoulder replacement surgery
Shoulder replacement surgery treats the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. It is designed to relieve pain, improve strength and increase the shoulder’s range of motion. Common reasons for shoulder replacement include:
- Extreme shoulder pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff injuries
Our joint care team is trained to perform advanced shoulder replacement surgeries including:
- Total shoulder replacement — In total shoulder replacement surgery the entire ball and socket joint is replaced with a prosthetic.
- Reverse total shoulder replacement — This type of procedure replaces the entire joint but reverses the position of the ball and socket in the shoulder. Surgeons perform this surgery for a severe rotator cuff injury.
- Partial shoulder replacement — In partial shoulder replacement procedure, surgeons replace only the injured component.
Robotic joint replacement surgery
When possible, our surgeons used advanced robot-assisted surgery to replace your damaged joint. Surgeons utilize a computer terminal, where their hand movements simulate the robotic tools' movements. This allows the surgeon to more easily operate during the procedure. With robotic assistance, the surgeon is able to make very precise cuts to the bone around the joint and optimize implant placement.
This offers many benefits to patients, including a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and less scarring. It also often results in a more effective procedure than traditional surgical methods.
Dedicated joint care specialists
Our highly trained orthopedic doctors are dedicated to helping you recover from a joint condition. To do this, they specialize in a variety of advanced procedures to ensure any joint problem can be met with a solution.
Should they need to collaborate with additional specialists, they have access to some of the best minds throughout Florida as part of HCA Florida Healthcare. This collaboration allows us to get you the care you deserve.
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