Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million Americans. It can affect virtually any joint in the body. Because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, it is one of the joints most at risk for developing arthritis. The condition occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time, causing the bones to rub together. While many people get arthritis as they age, athletes are also at increased risk due to the repeated stress sports places on joints. Injuries can also accelerate the degenerative process.
For pain relief from arthritis, Dr. Frank Johnson, a highly respected joint replacement surgeon in Central Indiana, may treat knee arthritis conservatively with medication, physical therapy, bracing, or possible viscosupplementation injections. When conservative treatments no longer work, it may be time to consider joint replacement, and Dr. Johnson offers several types of knee replacement procedures:
- Total Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Patella-femoral Replacement
Osteoarthritis can also affect the shoulder, leading to debilitating pain and shoulder function. Additionally, prior injuries to the shoulder can decrease range of motion and shoulder mobility. These injuries may result in loss of rotator cuff activity, joint deformity from previous fracture, or severe osteoarthritis.
Shoulder pain and dysfunction that has not responded to conservative treatment may require shoulder replacement. Dr. Johnson offers several types of shoulder replacement procedures:
Shoulder and Knee Replacement Surgeon in Carmel & Kokomo, IN
If you suffer from severe arthritis, you might be a candidate for joint replacement. To learn about your options for treating knee or shoulder pain, call the office of Frank Johnson Jr., MD in Carmel, Indiana at (317) 582-7430 or in Kokomo, Indiana at (765) 453-5815 or request an appointment online.