Joint Preservation in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
When cartilage breaks down due to arthritis, it can cause pain and have an impact on your daily life. Many arthritis patients want to avoid joint replacement surgery for as long as possible, or even altogether. As an alternative to joint replacement surgery, DMC Medical Group can provide patients with joint preservation in Detroit and southeastern Michigan to delay or even avoid joint replacement surgery. There are various options for joint preservation treatments, and they can be either non-surgical or surgical.
Non-Surgical Joint Preservation Procedures
Non-surgical treatments for joint preservation may include joint injections, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections. Joint injections may include corticosteroids to treat inflammation, or hyaluronic acid to supplement lubrication. PRP therapy uses the patient’s own platelets injected directly into the site of the area of concern to promote healing. BMAC injections use the body’s own stem cells to kick start its ability to heal itself.
Surgical Joint Preservation Procedures
Surgical treatments for joint preservation may include osteotomy and cartilage restoration procedures. During an osteotomy procedure, either the tibia or the femur is cut and then reshaped to relieve pressure on the knee joint. This shifts the body’s weight off of the damaged side of the joint to relieve pain and improve function. Cartilage restoration procedures can be used to stimulate new cartilage growth or to implant or transfer cartilage into the affected area.
Joint preservation procedures in southeast Michigan may be an ideal alternative to joint replacement for many patients. Opting for joint preservation instead of a replacement offers the benefits of a lower risk of complications or infection from surgery. If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, joint preservation treatment may be an option for you. Call DMC Medical Group at (888) 542-7028 to schedule a consultation.