Osteoarthritis is a very powerful disease that destroys cartilage. Charles Jordan, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says it is probably the most common thing that an orthopedic surgeon sees patients for. It affects patients in their 20s, 30s,40s, 80s and 90s. Some of the symptoms are pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and decreased range of motion. Jordan points out that the overlying theme for arthritis is you were born with a really nice thick cap of cartilage that became joints and with this illness that cartilage wears down.
Charles Jordan, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says the vast majority of patients with arthritis are treated without surgery. "Surgery is really what we do when we haven't been able to treat the pain," he points out and explains a hip replacement can be done when a patient breaks their hip at the femoral neck, which is the connection between the rest of the femur and the ball and socket that's moving. The doctor also highlights this replacement allows the patient to get up right away and it is an implant that restores their stability.
Is it right to take over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatories? Charles Jordan, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says it depends on the situation. "Everyone is different, everybody is different, every bone is different and every injury is different," he points out and explains anti-inflammatory medicine is a very important factor that has very good benefits in people. According to him, there is a hot topic about combinations of drugs or treatments having a greater effect than using just one of them.
Pain is the reason why people go to see an orthopedic doctor. Although they don't know that something is happening to their body, they know that there is pain. Charles Jordan, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says pain is a very difficult thing, because he sees patients who have something looking incredibly painful and they say there was something weird. "In the scenario of trauma, opioids play an important role to get you through a period and it is my resposibility to help you get through that without having the need to continue to take them," he explains.
Charles Jordan, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, says what is going to make a patient better is the work they put in to get better with therapy. "I can't stress enough the importance of exercising and moving the joint that was injured. Once we stabilize that bone the whole point is to get that joint moving because really what ends up causing problems is stiffness," he points out. It is important to move right after the surgery in most cases because the more you keep your body from getting up now, the more you are going to feel the effects in the long-term.