If you think about it, the active lifestyle enjoyed by so many residents of Gillette requires functional joints. However, years spent biking through the Red Rock trails or hiking around the Devil’s Tower can wear down the protective cartilage that allows your hips and knees to move fluidly and painlessly. When this happens, it’s time to ask the orthopedic doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers about a joint replacement. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained joint specialists regularly perform procedures that help return Wyoming residents to their active lifestyles. We’d be happy to meet with you and determine whether a hip or knee replacement would offer the relief you need.
Determining Whether You Need a Joint Replacement
While the cartilage that insulates your hip and knee joints can wear down over time, conditions like traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteonecrosis tend to make joints especially vulnerable to deterioration. Eventually, the insulating cartilage breaks down completely, leaving you to experience:
- A grinding sensation when moving your joint
- A limited range of movement, making something as simple as getting out of a chair difficult
- Severe pain that over-the-counter pain medication cannot ease
When you visit our Gillette clinic, one of our joint specialists will review your medical history and perform a physical examination. Before recommending a joint replacement, they’ll also order imaging tests in order to determine whether you might benefit from non-invasive treatments.
What Does a Replacement Involve?
When performing a hip or knee replacement, one of our highly experienced surgeons will remove the damaged, weight-bearing surfaces of your current joint. Then, they’ll replace these surfaces with an artificial joint designed to easily accommodate your full range of movement. Over time, your bone will grow over this prosthesis and you’ll be able to get back to the activities that you love without experiencing regular joint pain.
Don’t let your damaged hips or knees slow you down. Schedule an appointment with the doctors of Premier Bone & Joint Centers today at our Gillette, WY, clinic to learn whether a joint replacement can provide the relief you need.