As we age, joint pain becomes increasingly prevalent. Even simple tasks like shopping, dressing up, jogging or yard work may become more challenging as a result of our sedentary lifestyles which can cause damage to joints and weaken supporting structures. It is essential to recognize this risk for yourself by living an active lifestyle. Our non-surgical medical stem cell and cartilage damage treatments are top of the line. We proudly serve Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Whitefish Bay, Delafield, Richfield, Pewaukee, Franklin & Greater Milwaukee Areas.
Articular cartilage injury is a leading cause and contributor to joint discomfort. Arthrodial cartilage, located around the ends of bones, acts as a protective layer that allows for easy movement and reduces friction. Unfortunately, injuries to these joints – particularly the hip joint and knee joint – often result in cartilage loss.
Even if injuries aren’t properly treated, they can hasten the natural degenerative of articular cartilage and increase wear-and-tear on joints. Post-traumatic arthritis – an inflammation-caused joint condition that causes severe damage – may develop as a result.
Articular Cartilage Injury: Signs and Symptoms
Articular cartilage injury isn’t always painful. Symptoms can vary, but people with this type of damage often experience the following signs and symptoms.
- Knee joint pain
- Hip joint pain
- Reduced range of motion and stiffness
- Excess weight on one’s feet.
- Feel the popping and grinding sensations.
- Feelings that the affected joints are locking up or seizing up
Diagnosing Articular Cartilage Damage
Joint pain and symptoms that could be indicative of an articular cartilage injury should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider such as their primary doctor. Doing so yourself is not advised; only an experienced physician can accurately diagnose and treat any problems you experience. Only by consulting with an experienced medical professional can you rule out other serious causes for the discomfort you’re feeling.
Joint Replacement Surgery: When Should You Consider It?
Surgery is often recommended as the last resort for any articular cartilage injury caused by wear and tear, trauma, or aging. When patients have exhausted all other options for treatment – including lifestyle modification and activity modification – but still cannot achieve the relief and function they require, joint replacement surgery could be the only viable solution.
If there are knee or hip joint damages, replacement surgery may be recommended. This procedure replaces damaged surfaces with implants that offer stability and range of motion.
Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery: Should You Consider Outpatient Knee Replacement Surgery?
Outpatient hip and knee replacement surgeries are now possible with minimally invasive techniques, offering faster healing times and shorter rehabilitation periods.
These joint replacement techniques can be utilized even if you must go to an inpatient hospital due to a preexisting condition.