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Conditions like arthritis can damage the cartilage that cushions the point where bones meet, such as the knee and hip joints.
When this pain is severe and interferes with daily activities, total joint replacement, a highly successful procedure that works when other methods have failed, may be the answer.
As cartilage between the joints breaks down, symptoms such as pain, swelling and limited range of motion can lead to the weakening of surrounding muscles.
As a result, the weak muscles may not be able to support the joint, causing more pain.
This degeneration then leads to a further decrease in the range of motion. As symptoms persist and the condition worsens, pain may become constant.
Arthritis can also be found in the shoulder, knee or hip due to breakdown of cartilage resulting in symptoms such as inflammation and stiffness. While there are many potential treatments such as physical therapy to strengthen muscles or anti-inflammatory medications, when conservative methods no longer work, it may be time to consider joint replacement.
A total shoulder replacement for example, provides relief and increases range of motion. If you have constant pain and trouble performing your daily activities a total shoulder replacement may be an option for you. Total shoulder replacements are a treatment option for other conditions as well such as a torn rotator cuff and a broken shoulder.
At University of Maryland Orthopaedics, our experienced orthopedic surgeons along with our team of anesthesiologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers guide patients considering joint replacement from pre-surgery education through post-operative rehabilitation.
Many of our orthopedic surgeons are part of the University of Maryland Joint Network, a group of surgeons known for advanced expertise in total knee and hip replacement. This experience and expertise results in lower infection rates and better outcomes overall.
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