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At Casper Orthopedics, our fellowship-trained joint replacement and revision doctors are the experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating joint-related injuries and conditions.
Joint replacement (otherwise known as arthroplasty) doctors are experts at assessing the specifics and severity of joint damage, and they frequently work with patients needing knee or hip replacements. However, they can also help many other different types of patients with a wide variety of conditions that cause joint degeneration and make joint replacement necessary.
Joint replacement doctors can assess the issue and know if a total joint replacement procedure is required or if a partial replacement is better. At the same time, joint replacement doctors always carefully assess all factors that make up a patient's unique circumstance, including their age, before recommending joint replacement surgery. If joint replacement surgery is considered a good option, joint replacement doctors make sure their patients fully understand what steps they need to take post-surgery in order to aid in the recovery process. After surgery, the bone will begin to grow onto the prosthesis, and in time, the patient usually experiences reduced or eliminated pain and is able to use the joint again normally.
It's important to note that implants do not always last forever. There are some cases when a patient will need surgery in order to replace a part or all of their old prosthesis with a new one, and this is called joint revision surgery.
When Should You Visit a Joint Replacement & Revision Doctor?
It's important to be aware of the specific issues surrounding your joint pain so you can tell your joint replacement doctor specifically what you are experiencing. Sharing this information with your doctor can help him or her better understand what might be causing your pain and what treatments to offer. Here are some common symptoms that patients with joint conditions experience:
- Affected joint or joints produce grinding sensation when used
- Joint pain makes it difficult to sleep through the night
- Medications are not reducing your pain or other symptoms
- Physical therapy is no longer helpful
- Range of motion is severely limited or nonexistent
- Redness or swelling
- You are using a walker or cane
- You cannot climb stairs or are afraid to do so
If you have any of these symptoms or are experiencing another type of joint pain, you may have one of the following medical conditions:
- Avascular necrosis
- Cartilage degeneration
- Deformities that lead to bone degeneration
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Traumatic arthritis
To treat your joint condition or injury, our joint replacement doctors will exhaust all conservative treatment options, like physical therapy or injections, before recommending surgery. Please be assured that if joint replacement surgery is necessary, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in surgical procedures, such as hip replacement, knee replacement, partial knee replacement, shoulder replacement, or reverse total shoulder replacement.
Our specialists understand that joint pain can alter your daily lifestyle and are dedicated to getting you back to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at one of our four locations in Casper, Douglas, Riverton, or Worland, please call (307) 265-7205 or click on the Appointment Request button.
If immediate attention is required for your joint injury or disorder, you can visit our OrthoCare Now at our Casper location on Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Experience Proven Results at Casper Orthopedics
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeons at Casper Orthopedics, Robert B. Allaire, M.D., Matthew T. Gorman, M.D., Eric H. Linford, M.D., Matthew E. Mitchell, M.D., Craig P. Smith, M.D., Daniel W. White, M.D., provide compassionate, experienced orthopedic care for joint-related injuries and conditions. When a doctor is fellowship-trained, it means they have completed an extra year of schooling that focused on a specific body part or area of specialty, like sports medicine, or in this case, joint replacement. With this additional training, our joint replacement specialists have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat your joint condition or injury. Dr. Allaire and Dr. Smith also have specialty training in joint revision surgery.
Working closely with our joint surgeons, our specialty-trained therapists provide comprehensive occupational and physical therapy services. Our entire team is focused on developing a treatment plan that is specific to your goals and needs in order to get you back to your active lifestyle.
To schedule an appointment with our orthopedic joint replacement surgeons, please call (307) 265-7205 or request an appointment online.