Joint pain is a very common orthopedic complaint. Injured and arthritic joints wear down over time and sometimes require surgical replacement.
Our team of orthopedic and sports health specialists are experienced in the latest methods for treating joint problems and offer a care approach that’s cost-effective and efficient.
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With advanced facilities and time-tested methods of care, our joint services stand a cut above the rest. At Aurora, we offer:
Many joint problems do not require surgery. Often, they can be treated with a combination of exercise, rest and anti-inflammatory medications.
Your Aurora orthopedic specialist can help you find effective, non-invasive treatments for your joint pain. They’ll also teach you how to care for simple injuries.
When an injury doesn’t respond to icing, elevation and rest, it’s important to see an orthopedic specialist – especially since unhealed injuries can develop infections or become chronic problems.
If basic at-home care is not fully effective, the next step in healing joint problems may be non-surgical solutions. Sometimes, when pain is effectively managed, the injury or arthritic episode will pass without the need for surgery.
Joint lubricants and corticosteroid injections can be an effective treatment for joint problems. This type of treatment is especially effective for those who can’t take anti-inflammatory medication.
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Injecting joint lubricants into a joint may relieve your pain and ease inflammation. Joint lubricant injections are given weekly for three or five weeks, depending on the type of lubricant.
Along with a numbing medication, time-release cortisone is also injected into joints to reduce inflammation. Corticosteroid injections often provide long-term joint pain relief.
Your Aurora doctor may also suggest integrative medical treatments - also known as holistic treatments - to improve your condition. Holistic treatments may be helpful in treating pain caused by joint problems.
Some of our integrative medicine options include:
When a joint is significantly damaged, your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons perform multiple joint replacements daily, including hip replacements, knee replacements, ankle replacements and shoulder replacements. You can rest assured your surgeon is highly experienced with your type of joint procedure.
While this type of surgery was once considered high-risk, today it often requires little recovery time. Together with preemptive pain relief and slow-release anesthetics, mechanical replacement joints have made the procedure safer, more comfortable, and more effective.
Most people stay in the hospital for just one night after surgery. Many return home in less than 24 hours. Your joint replacement and recovery will typically follow these steps:
Most people who’ve had a successful joint replacement surgery can usually return to a fully active lifestyle relatively quickly.
At Aurora, recovery begins with physical therapy, which often starts prior to your surgery at a prehab appointment. Your orthopedic surgeon or primary care doctor will refer you to a therapist. They may also recommend that you work with other members of our integrative medicine team to further speed your recovery.
Learn more about orthopedic physical therapy at Aurora.