Our specialty-trained joint replacement and revision doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for patients' joint injuries and conditions.
Although joint replacement and revision doctors evaluate and repair many types of joints, such as the elbow, finger, ankle, or shoulder, the most common are the knee and hip. Today, total joint replacement, also known as arthroplasty, is a well-known option for treating joint damage and pain, whether it's the result of arthritis or another condition, and millions of patients worldwide have had successful joint replacement surgeries.
Before recommending a joint replacement procedure, experienced joint replacement specialists will always exhaust all possible treatment options that are nonsurgical, like physical therapy or medications. If the patient does need joint replacement surgery, such as a knee replacement, their surgeon will educate them on the procedure, what to expect after surgery, and how to prepare for surgery beforehand.
Most joint replacements are very successful, but it’s important to recognize that a small number of artificial implants need to be replaced or revised at some point. When this happens, a joint revision doctor will work with the patient in the same way as when the patient had his or her first joint replacement surgery, educating them about the process and surgery and then helping them to prepare for the procedure.
When It's Time to Seek Joint Care
Take note of the symptoms you are experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that people with joint problems typically have:
- Decreased range of motion and stiffness
- Joint feels wobbly or out of place
- Joint instability, especially the hip or knee joint
- Medications or injections only have a limited effect on reducing inflammation or pain
- Sensing a bone-on-bone feeling
- Unable to sleep through the night due to discomfort
- You require a device to walk, such as a cane or walker
- You can’t do the things you need to do because of your physical limitation and pain
If any of these symptoms describe your issue, it’s possible that you may have one of these conditions or injuries:
- Articular cartilage disorder
- Lower limb deformity
- Repetitive motion injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injury
Joint pain can have a negative effect on your life, leaving you unable to complete everyday tasks. If the pain and underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it's imperative to contact one of our specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.
Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your injury can't wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Expert Joint Care You Can Trust
Since 1951, our doctors have remained dedicated to providing specialized bone, joint, and muscle care to the communities of northeast Louisiana. They are backed by a knowledgeable and professional staff and are equipped with the latest resources, technology, and tools they need to deliver the very best orthopaedic care to all patients.
At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Sidney Bailey, Dr. R. Brian Bulloch, Dr. Jeffrey Counts, Dr. James Finley, Dr. Elliott Nipper, Dr. Kristopher Sirmon, Dr. Timothy "Daven" Spires Jr., Dr. Timothy Spires Sr., and Dr. David Trettin, are experts at understanding the multitude of joint issues that exist and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our joint replacement surgeons believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first before considering surgery. However, if our surgeons diagnose your damage as severe, they may recommend joint replacement surgery, like a hip replacement, knee replacement, partial knee replacement, or shoulder replacement. Our orthopaedic surgeons will educate you about the process, which includes what you need to consider, how you can prepare for surgery, and what you can expect after surgery and during recovery.
Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our surgeons to provide each patient with a personalized rehabilitation plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.
If you have concerns about your joints, schedule an appointment to talk through your options with one of our expertly trained joint replacement surgeons by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online.