Americans today are enjoying longer, more active lives than ever before. As we age, though, our bodies change, and the wear and tear of everyday activities can take its toll. Painful, stiff joints can force you to alter or even curtail daily activities that you once enjoyed. CKHS’ orthopedic specialists apply their clinical experience to accurately diagnose your problem and develop a plan of care that fits your individual needs and lifestyle.
If you or a member of your family needs to undergo joint replacement surgery, Crozer-Keystone Health System provides the specialized care you need before, during, and after surgery. Our multidisciplinary team includes primary care physicians and surgeons, as well as a clinical team of professionals to help you return to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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How common is joint pain?
Joint pain varies from person to person. Most people have joint pain at some point in their lives, commonly in the hips and/or knees. However, when joint pain limits activity, you should go to a specialist to have the pain evaluated.
How do Crozer-Keystone's orthopedic specialists determine the cause of a joint problem?
Our specialists conduct a skilled, hands-on evaluation of your joint problem, explore your health history, and order appropriate diagnostic testing to determine your diagnosis and the best overall plan of care. Blood tests can help determine whether an infection, autoimmune disorder, or metabolic condition is contributing to the problem. Tests such as X-rays and MRIs can show the nature of the underlying damage to a joint.
Does treatment of joint problems always involve surgery?
No. Many joint problems can be managed through physical and occupational therapy, exercise, medication, weight loss, and braces. Our medical specialists exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery.
How do Crozer-Keystone's specialists decide on a treatment plan?
Our specialists discuss various treatment options with you, taking into account your lifestyle and goals. If a surgical procedure becomes the best option for you, Crozer-Keystone's specialists are trained to correct problems related to joint pain. They will also ensure that you’re mentally and physically prepared for the procedure.
What is joint replacement?
During a joint replacement procedure, the arthritic or damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a new, artificial joint called a prosthesis. The most common joints replaced are the hip and knee.
Although joint replacement procedures have been around for decades, advances have been made in recent years in the materials and the surgical techniques used to place them. Crozer-Keystone's specialists have the experience and skill to offer state-of-the-art techniques.