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Knee and Hip Replacement
Hip and Knee Surgeons treat arthritic disorders of the hip and knee. The most common type of arthritis affecting the hip and knee is “degenerative” arthritis that is due to wear and tear. Other causes include post-traumatic arthritis, which develops after injury to the hip or knee, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a complex immune system disorder that leads to the erosion of one or more joints of the body. In the past, childhood hip disease such as developmental dislocation or dysplasia of the hip, Perthes disease of the hip, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) were common causes of hip arthritis during adulthood. The improved recognition and treatment of these childhood disorders has made arthritis a rare consequence of childhood hip disorders.
The treatment of hip and knee arthritis ranges from activity modification to joint replacment. Other options include medication, “cortisone” injections, “lubrication” injections, and surgery to realign the hip or knee. The treatment depends on how bad the arthritis is, the patient’s overall health and weight, and the patient’s goals. The Hip and Knee Surgeons at Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates are committed to working with patients with hip and knee arthritis to develop a reasonable treatment plan for their arthritis.