Treatment Options for Joint Conditions

Conservative Treatment
There are a number of conservative treatment options available for many joint injuries and conditions, such as anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), carticosteroids, heat and cold applications, and physical and/or occupational therapy. Continuing to move the joint and build muscle surround it, helps reduce stiffness and improve range of motion. A variety of nutritional supplements and vitamins have also shown to provide health benefits for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Severe joint degeneration may require surgery. Though today there are more surgical options available than ever before, particularly for the small bones of the hand and wrist.

Surgical Treatment
Some of the surgical treatment options available for many of the joint conditions identified today include:

  • Arthroscopy - a minimally invasive procedure using a small fiberoptic telescope (arthroscope) within a fluid filled joint - enabling visualization of the joint on a monitor and repair through a very mall incision.
  • Arthroplasty - a procedure to either remove a portion of the bone in order to increase joint space and improve range of motion, or reshape the joint using a prosthetic disk.
  • Joint Replacement, or Total Joint Arthroplasty - a procedure that replaces a patient’s degenerating joint with an artificial joint, or prosthesis.
  • Arthrodesis - a procedure that fuses the bones in the joint together.