Weekend Warrior Woes: Common Injuries of the Upper Extremities
March 9, 2015
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A lot has happened since the first hip replacements twenty years ago. Refined surgical techniques, improved materials, and a better understanding of how joints work have led to advances in joint replacements which are now available for hips, knees, shoulders, elbows and finger joints.
As one of the leading centers for joint replacement in the Southwest United States, the Institute's joint replacement surgeons help thousands of people each year return to active lifestyles. But, surgery is not usually the first approach.
Tucson Orthopaedic surgeons begin with conservative management, prescribing medication, physical therapy, or improved nutrition, to manage pain and attempt to slow the wearing away of the joint's cushion.
When this approach is no longer effective, joint replacement surgery may be recommended. As with all surgery, there are risks to consider.
New surgical techniques using smaller incisions can offer shorter hospital stays and recovery periods. The physicians at Tucson Orthopaedic are on the forefront of these advances. (See related article about Dr. Maltry and the Gold Seal of Approval earned by Northwest Hospital's Total Joint program.) However, no one technique is right for everyone. At Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, a careful examination and consultation always precedes any recommendation.
For more information or to arrange a consultation with a joint replacement surgeon at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, please call one of our three convenient offices.
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