Chronic joint pain need not be a persistent fact of life. Thanks to technological advances in orthopedic surgery, state-of-the-art minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery can successfully and safely alleviate joint pain for many patients. In fact, arthroscopic surgery is often the favored method of chronic joint pain treatment that has continued, unrelieved by conservative treatment methods.
Recently, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper underwent minimally invasive arthroscopic hip surgery with the goal of easing his chronic joint pain. Most arthroscopic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which means that patients can go home the same day as surgery. This approach also enables patients to return to work and regular activities much faster than with more invasive techniques, which usually require longer recovery times.
At Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Beverly Hills, Dr. Steven Meier performs some of the most cutting-edge arthroscopic procedures in the country. If you are suffering from chronic joint pain or other joint problems, there may be pain-relieving treatment options available for you. Please feel free to contact our office at 310.736.2793 to learn more about your options.
Joint pain can interfere both with work and day-to-day life, sometimes even making daily activities impossible. While there are many different causes of joint pain, some common ones include:
- Osteoarthritis – Also known as age-related arthritis, osteoarthritis is a condition in which joint cartilage becomes inflamed or worn down over time. This type of arthritis can affect the hip, knee, shoulder, and other joints. Osteoarthritis is often quite painful.
- Rheumatoid arthritis – This type of arthritis can involve many different parts of the body, but what makes rheumatoid arthritis unique is that it usually occurs in joints bilaterally (rather than on one side, as in other types of arthritis). While rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain in many areas, it tends to be most painful in the certain specific joints.
- Bursitis – Bursitis is an irritation or inflammation near the joint. The cushioning tissue (bursa) between muscles and joints can become inflamed from use, and movement over time, and is no longer able to guard against friction and rubbing between bone and muscle. This can cause major pain to the joints.
- Injury – Common injuries such as sprains and strains can also cause joint pain.
If you are experiencing persistent pain in any of your joints, it is important to seek medical advice from a board-certified orthopedic specialist like Dr. Meier. Untreated joint pain can lead to a more severe condition or worsened pain, so it is important to seek treatment early on before complications occur.
Benefits of Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that involves two or three small incisions around the affected joint – one for the insertion of a small camera, and the others for the insertion of advanced joint surgery tools. During the surgery, the orthopedic surgeon repairs the damage, watching a monitor that displays the camera beneath the skin. While one hand positions and moves the camera within the joint, the other hand uses advanced tools to repair damage found within the joint.
There are many benefits to arthroscopic surgery, including:
- Minimally invasive form of surgery
- Minimal scarring
- Significantly reduced recovery time
- Ability to have surgery on an outpatient basis (go home the same day)
- Better precision and efficiency
Dr. Meier is world-renowned for his advanced arthroscopic techniques and is a leader in the field of cutting-edge orthopedic procedures.
Contact an Orthopedic Beverly Hills Surgeon
If you suffer from joint pain, and are interested in learning more about arthroscopic surgical options in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Meier or another member of our board-certified orthopedic team. You can schedule a consultation at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Los Angeles by calling 310.736.2793 or by filling out our online contact form.
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