A joint is where the ends of two or more bones meet. One example is the knee, which is considered a “hinge” joint, because of its ability to bend and straighten like a hinged door. The hip and shoulder are “ball-and-socket” joints, in which the rounded end of one bone fits into a cup-shaped area of another bone. Joint pain is usually caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. When nonsurgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, or changes to your everyday activities do not relieve your pain and disability, your orthopedic doctor may recommend total joint replacement. The damaged joint will be removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis which is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.
Your care team at New England Orthopedic Specialists is highly skilled and experienced in joint replacement. We will work with you to prepare for the challenges of the surgery and recovery so that you can live a fuller, more active life.
Our specialists in joint replacement include:
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