Sometimes people with mild joint pain find relief using a conservative treatment, such as physical therapy. However, if the pain doesn’t improve, a joint doctor might recommend a minimally invasive treatment, like a pain injection. But, if the pain is so severe that these treatments do not help, a total joint replacement or partial joint replacement may be an option. Joint replacement is often very successful and can be used to treat people with a variety of conditions, such as arthritis.
Despite the fact that joint replacement surgery is highly successful, a small percentage of all implants may need to be replaced. When this happens, a second procedure called a revision can be performed to remove the existing implant and replace it with a new component. Joint revision surgery is more complex than joint replacement, and therefore you should seek out a joint doctor who is highly experienced in joint revision surgery.
When to Visit a Joint Replacement Doctor Near You
You should contact a joint replacement doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Inability to move a joint without pain
- Instability in a joint
- Joint stiffness
- Joint pain that prevents you from any normal daily task
- Joint pain that keeps you awake at night
- Joint swelling
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a joint replacement doctor or surgeon. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our joint replacement specialists offer treatments for hip, knee, and shoulder joints that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries our joint replacement and revision doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Cartilage damage
- Joint deformity
Why choose the Joint Replacement Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider which include their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our joint doctors, Dr. L. Anthony Agtarap, Dr. Bradley C. Christ, Dr. Thomas Helpenstell, Dr. Milan S. Moore, Dr. William Peterson, Dr. Stephen Snow, Dr. P. Brodie Wood, and Dr. Jerome Zechmann, are specialty-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs.
Our joint replacement experts have advanced training and skill in performing a number of joint replacement procedures, including:
- Total hip replacement
- Partial hip replacement
- Anterior hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Total shoulder replacement
- Reverse shoulder replacement
These procedures and others may be performed in our outpatient surgery center, Olympia Surgery Center. The decision on where your procedure will be performed is made by you and your surgeon. To learn more about our surgery center and our outpatient joint replacement program, Restore, please use the button below.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Joint Replacement Center, we offer consultations with a joint doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athlete.
Joint Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your joints.
- Use Your Joints, But Don’t Overdo It: To decrease your risk of joint pain or eventually needing a joint replacement, get regular exercise. However, stick to low-impact activities, such as swimming, versus high-impact sports, like running, since high-impact activities put extra strain on your joints.
- Lose Weight: Being overweight can significantly increase your chance of needing a joint replacement one day. If you need to lose weight, find a way to lose the pounds gradually and in a healthy manner. If you’re not sure where to start, talk to your doctor about approaches that might work well for you.
- Strengthen Your Core: Building a strong core—which includes your abdomen, back, and chest— can help to protect your neck, back and even your knees. It can also help you maintain flexibility that may prevent falls. Pilates and yoga are two proven ways to help you strengthen your core.