From the moment you get out of bed in the morning until you fall back in at night, the joints in your body are hard at work providing support, mobility, and range of motion. When injury or wear-and-tear begins to take its toll, a joint may become more of a liability than an asset. In these cases, joint replacement is an incredibly effective option, which the expert team of orthopedists at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates (POA) offers to their patients in Daly City, California, enabling them to move freely again. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.
Your joints, or more specifically, your articulating joints, are where two or more bones are held together, providing you with movement, support, and range of motion. Integral in this process are a host of soft tissue components, including your:
The second item on this list, your cartilage, plays a key role in enabling your bones to glide across one another smoothly, and it’s this component that can suffer the most wear-and-tear. Whether it’s due to osteoarthritis, overuse, or injury, when the cartilage in your joints begins to break down, your bones can rub together painfully, causing pain, inflammation, stiffness, and bone loss.
Since your cartilage doesn’t rebuild or repair itself on its own, joint replacement takes the cartilage out of the picture by replacing your joint with metal, ceramic, and plastic parts that allow the same movement as your natural joint.
At Peninsula Orthopedic Associates, the surgeons have extensive experience performing the following joint replacements:
Depending upon the extent of the damage in your joint, your surgeon may perform a partial or total joint replacement. Ultimately, their goal is to restore pain-free movement to the area, allowing you to get back to an active lifestyle.
The surgeons at POA use minimally invasive surgical techniques wherever possible in order to get you back to moving about freely again as soon as possible. No matter which joint needs to replaced or how extensive the procedure is, rest assured that your doctor will have you moving that joint very quickly after your surgery.
You should also expect to participate in physical therapy as part of your recovery in order to strengthen the area correctly. This will allow you to enjoy your new joint for years to come.
While it’s hard to provide an exact timeline since every joint replacement is different, you should expect to take it easy for a few weeks while your body accepts and heals around the new joint. If you do your part by not overdoing it and sticking with your physical therapy, you will be rewarded with restored movement and range of motion.
To learn more about joint replacement, call Peninsula Orthopedic Associates, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.