Joint Disorders 

Joint Disorder Treatment in Las Vegas

Joint Disorders , TPL Orthopedics and Sports MedicineA joint is an intersection where two or more bones meet. Like bones, joints can also get damaged as a result of diseases, infections, or injuries. Some of these conditions include: 

  • Arthritis: This can occur following chronic inflammation of a joint. This causes severe damage to the joints, pain, stiffness, and swelling.  
  • Bursitis: It is the inflammation of a fluid-filled sac called a bursa.  
  • Dislocation: This is a physical injury that forces the bones to slip out of its position. 

Treatment of joint problems varies in accordance with the cause. If you have a sports injury, you would need to follow RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to relieve the pain for a speedy recovery. In addition to that, depending on the patient’s condition, pain relievers and rehabilitation may be necessary. For severe damage to the joint, you may need joint replacement surgery. 

Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provide orthopedic treatments to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada and greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.   

Cortisone injections  

Cortisone injections help relieve pain and inflammation in specific parts of your body. Generally, they are administered into joints like an ankle, elbow, knee, hip, spine, or wrist. Cortisone shots are local, hence even the smallest joints in your body can benefit from it.   

The injection is composed of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic (local). This is an in-office procedure administered by your orthopedic surgeon. Since excess cortisone shots may cause side effects, there is a yearly limit for the number of shots you can take.  

When is it used?  

Cortisone shots are effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Some of its other benefits include the treatment of: 

  • Bursitis 
  • Back Pain 
  • Gout  
  • Reactive arthritis 
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Tendinitis 
  • Psoriatic arthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 

Joint and soft tissue injections 

Joint and soft tissue injections are often used to diagnose severe joint conditions. They are injected in a joint or a soft tissue site like the space between your muscle and bone. Some of its benefits include the effective treatment of: 

  • Arthritis  
  • Bursitis  
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome  
  • Tendonitis  
  • Osteoarthritis  
  • Rheumatism  

The needle used in this injection can aid in either taking out the fluid or injecting an anti-inflammatory medicine. These anti-inflammatory medications include corticosteroids or lidocaine, with the latter used as an effective pain reliever. Before getting an injection, it is vital for you to make sure that you are not allergic to certain steroids, and you must consult with your doctor for it.  

Joint replacement surgery 

If the non-surgical methods don’t work, your doctor might suggest a joint replacement. This is an advanced surgical procedure that removes the damaged joint to replace it with an artificial joint.  

This artificial joint will make you feel better by substantially reducing your discomfort. Hips and knee joints are replaced more often. There are proven records for successful shoulder, finger, ankle, and elbow joint replacement. The end objective of joint replacement surgery is to relieve the pain and make the joint functional. 

Board certified orthopedic surgeons at Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute provide orthopedic treatments to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada and greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.    

Contact Board Certified Surgeons Dr. Bigler or Dr. Thomas at the Knee and Shoulder Institute in Las Vegas, NV to Schedule an Appointment:

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Serving patients from and around greater Las Vegas, Lake Havasu, Bullhead City, Mesquite, Pahrump, Nevada.

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