Dr. Gary Stein, SRO Orthopedic Surgeon, Discusses the Latest Advances and Treatments of Joint Pain
Every year over 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic joint pain; these injuries can be so debilitating it can hinder everyday activities and make simple tasks unbearable. Dr. Gary Stein, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, (SRO, http://srortho.com/) who specializes in minimally invasive joint replacement techniques and sports medicine discusses the latest advances in surgical and non-surgical joint pain techniques that can restore mobility and a life free of joint pain.
Santa Rosa, California (PRWEB) June 24, 2013
Dr. Gary Stein is part of an elite team of Santa Rosa Orthopaedic (SRO) surgeons and has over twenty years in private practice. Dr. Stein has pioneered innovative techniques in hip and knee replacement surgery and has recorded his advances in orthopedic surgery publications including Orthopaedics and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Dr. Stein has extensively studied the field of hip replacement techniques. His medical training included the privilege of working with three leading orthopedic surgeons who have forged advances in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). He learned the 2-incision approach to hip incision under Dr. Richard Berger, a MIT mechanical engineer, who invented an innovative design of specialized instruments, which allowed orthopedic surgery to be done less invasively than previously. Dr. Stein continues to be involved with advanced orthopedic procedures and has relieved thousands of patients from joint pain through the least invasive procedures possible.
For many, joint pain is experienced by a deep-seated ache within the joints, unlike that of a muscular ache; since the causes vary, the pain experienced can differ from person to person. Yet, with recent medical and surgical advances joint pain is no longer something patients must suffer with. Depending on the cause of the joint pain and how severe the level of pain, there are numerous surgical and non-surgical solutions.
Joint pain can result from various untreated injuries including sports injuries, excessive weight gain, arthritis or an infection in the joint. However, most joint pain results from torn cartilage, sprains and dislocations and these can be most effectively treated and prevented without surgery.
Non-Surgical joint pain can be treated with physical therapy, steroid injections or supplements. Depending on the cause of the joint pain, certain exercises and healthy routines can minimize the pain and help to prevent any further injuries. Water aerobics or stretching in a pool can minimize strain on joints. Make sure to stretch 3-4 times a week in order to feel the full effects. Certain dietary factors can impact joint health, especially those with arthritis. Increase your intake of dietary fiber and reduce refined carbohydrates. Fiber can reduce inflammation so look for breads with at least 3 grams of fiber per slice. Eat more fruits and vegetables as well as healthy fats, including those containing monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.
A doctor may recommend that along with regular exercise and a healthy diet, joint injections may be necessary to reduce pain. These include corticosteroid injections that can offer rapid relief, usually within 24 to 48 hours but the relief is usually short term. Hyaluronic Acid is another fluid injection that can significantly help those with osteoarthritis. This treatment has been shown to relieve pain and inflammation on a long-term scale (depending on the patient) and may be repeated at six to twelve month intervals.
New medical advances in joint repair, a key step in a minimally invasive procedure, may be able to regenerate injured hips, knees and other body parts. Research has demonstrated that stem cells turned into a gel can regenerate cartilage-like tissue. Cartilage does not naturally regenerate like that of skin so this process may someday provide an alternative for patients with arthritis joint damage. In this method, stem cell fluid is injected into the damaged tissue. Overtime, the stem cells multiply to form new cartilage and build around the injured tissue. This innovative approach will need further evaluation to see if it becomes an effective form of treatment.
If injections do not seem like the right solution to joint pain there are other alternatives and supplements that have shown to reduce pain. However, be apprehensive about some advertised joint pain cures that can actually be harmful. Consult an orthopedic doctor before taking anything that could possibly make your joint pain worse. Certain supplements like Chrondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate, calcium, vitamin D3, green tea, SAMe, MSM, and Bromelian can possibly help to reduce inflammation, improve cartilage regeneration and lubrication as well as reducing pain and improving joint mobility. Some of these supplements can have side effects and should not be mixed with other medication. Always consult with an orthopedic physician in understanding joint pain, its causes, prevention and treatment.
More severe cases of joint pain may need to be treated with surgical options. Developments in modern medicine, physical therapy and surgery have allowed orthopedic surgeons to perform total joint replacement or partial replacement/ resurfacing surgeries that reward patients with improved mobility.
“Advances in MIS approaches and pre- and postoperative physical therapy are improving an already very successful operation. The latest peri-operative pain control methods, including spinal anesthesia and continuous peripheral nerve blocks for regional anesthesia, add to patient comfort throughout the surgical and recovery process. These recent changes have dramatically improved results for patients, with more rapid recovery, diminished morbidity, and shortened length of stay,” states Dr. Stein.
Before invasive solutions are preformed, prevention should always be the first solution. Development of arthritis can have a genetic factor in whether or not someone has joint pain, most causes can be prevented by staying healthy, exercising and preventing injury. Contact Dr. Gary Stein at SRO for an appointment and consultation for joint pain and the treatment right for you.
At Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, Dr. Stein is part of a collaborative team of eight multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists. A veteran surgeon in the practice, Dr. Stein also does partial knee resurfacing for patients with patella femoral arthritis. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years. SRO offers patients in-house diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, as well as advanced surgical treatments in joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma care, hand, foot and ankle, and general orthopedic surgery. For more information on Dr. Stein and the other SRO surgeons, visit srortho.com.
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