If you suffer from chronic joint pain, you may think that total joint replacement is your only solution. But at OrthoWellness in Boca Raton, Florida, Mirylsa Colón-Martínez, MD, FAAOS, one of the most accomplished orthopedic surgeons and foot and ankle specialists in the area, may be able to help you avoid joint replacements with innovative joint preservation procedures. Advances in regenerative medicine may extend the life of your joint so you don’t have to replace it. To learn about cutting-edge joint preservation procedures, call for a consultation, or book online. Same-day appointments are available, walk-ins are welcome, and hablamos Español.
Joint Preservation Procedures Q & A
What is joint preservation?
Joint preservation techniques include nonsurgical methods of helping to repair an injured or degenerative joint so you can avoid total joint replacement surgery. Before recommending surgery, Dr. Colón-Martínez first seeks to repair your joint, reduce pain, and increase mobility through nonsurgical approaches to treatment. These joint preservation options may include:
- Physical therapy and exercise rehabilitation
- Corticosteroid injections and medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Viscosupplementation or placental tissue matrix injections
- Stem-cell injections
- Cartilage transplants
After a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your particular condition, Dr. Colón-Martínez recommends which joint preservation procedures would benefit you so you can consider your treatment options before moving forward. Many individuals like to take a more conservative approach, such as PRP injections to help your joint repair itself with new, healthy tissue.
What conditions can joint preservation procedures address?
If you have chronic joint pain from any of the following conditions, joint preservation procedures may provide relief from pain and help you become more mobile:
- Inherited joint abnormalities
- Cartilage loss or deterioration
- Bone spurs
Joint preservation procedures may be helpful in just about any joint in which you experience chronic pain and reduced range of motion, including your:
Dr. Colón-Martínez determines if you’re a good candidate for joint preservation therapies, and you can decide if that’s the best course of action for your lifestyle and desired outcome.
Who is a good candidate for joint preservation procedures?
Since the goals of joint preservation procedures are to prevent further injury, reduce inflammation, and increase mobility, some factors to consider to determine if you’re a good candidate for joint preservation techniques include:
- Age: Younger patients tending to respond best
- Weight: Extra weight adding pressure to your joints
- Muscle strength: Strong muscles protecting joints and allowing increased flexibility
- Joint location: Knees and hips typically responding well
- Severity of your condition: Little or no cartilage possibly limiting positive results
Dr. Colón-Martínez takes a holistic, whole-person approach to treating joint pain, so she considers all aspects of your health and well-being when helping you determine if you can benefit from nonsurgical joint preservation procedures.
Learn more by calling the office for an appointment, or using the online booking tool. Same-day appointments are often available, and hablamos Español.