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Joint health is a fundamental component of wellness and vitality. However, years of wear and tear can diminish the surrounding cartilage that protects your bones. As more time passes, further degeneration can lead to osteoarthritis, among other complications. In addition, certain injuries could have a long-lasting impact on your joints and cartilage, which may continue worsening.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance offers pain management treatment plans for joint degeneration. Since we focus on patient-centered care, we tailor our treatments to each individual, ensuring we can provide the best outcomes.
From arthroscopy and joint resurfacing to joint replacement, we specialize in a wide variety of comprehensive techniques and treatment options to — restore function and relieve pain.
For Any Condition. For Every Body.
What We Treat
How It Works
The joint replacement process begins with an initial appointment, the length of which varies based on your condition.
More complex joint-degeneration issues will require more time with your physician, especially if you have multiple musculoskeletal conditions.
Most people undergo a joint preservation treatment or joint replacement in Kansas City because of osteoarthritis complications.
Osteoarthritis comes from the wear and tear of the cartilage that surrounds joints. Cartilage plays an important role in how your joints move and feel by creating a layer of protection against direct joint connection.
Therefore, a lack of cartilage can lead to inflammation and joint degeneration.
Diagnosing osteoarthritis requires an examination from an orthopedic physician, which may include tests such as X-rays and/or ultrasound.
From there, we can build a treatment plan that works best with your goals and lifestyle.
The Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance orthopedic specialists always focus on each individual patient and their concerns before creating a treatment plan. Therefore, during your initial appointment, we will often ask questions such as:
- Does your pain currently limit you or your activities?
- Has your pain progressed or worsened recently?
- Have you noticed any change in your symptoms that has made it more challenging to function?
- What are your lifestyle goals?
- How has pain affected those goals?
From there, we can decide whether more conservative osteoarthritis treatments will suffice or whether you would find the most benefit with surgery.
How It Works
A comprehensive joint replacement treatment plan usually includes a referral to a physical or occupational therapist to help regain range of motion, decrease pain, and increase strength in the affected area. Typically, the human body adapts and heals through movement, especially when guided by a trained musculoskeletal expert.
Your physician may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain, inflammation, and more. This will depend on your specific needs, symptoms, and other factors surrounding your joint condition.
Injections directly into the joint can help with arthritis pain. Based on your condition, response to treatment, and your physician’s recommendations, additional injections may be necessary. Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance offers ultrasound-guided injections to visualize the area of concern in real time and optimize your treatment’s effectiveness.
Regenerative medicine options, such as stem cell injections or platelet-rich plasma, can help repair worn or damaged cartilage. This option may work best if you are a younger patient with mild-to-moderate arthritis.
Arthroscopy is a scope-based procedure that can help repair or remove damaged cartilage in or around the joint. This helps prolong the degeneration process and promotes joint preservation.
Our Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians only make recommendations for partial or total joint replacement when we have exhausted all other conservative measures, or it is apparent that surgery is the only available solution. This is always a collaborative decision. It’s important you feel empowered to make the best choice for you, with your goals and timelines in mind.
About Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
Meet Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons are highly experienced in their respective fields and are considered among the top orthopedic providers in the Midwest. Along with our Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and support staff, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance physicians deliver the utmost level of dedicated care across a range of subspecialties.
Benefits of Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance
Advanced Surgical Technology
Joint replacements are common, but expertise and technology make a big difference in patient experience and outcomes. We are proud to offer the latest technological advances in joint replacement, including robotic-arm assisted procedures that take surgical precision and accuracy to a new level.
Specialized Joint Replacement Options
The unprecedented alliance between APEX Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Dickson-Diveley Orthopedics, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultants allows us to provide a holistic range of partial and total joint replacement procedures. Common areas of the body that might require joint replacement include: shoulders, fingers, wrists, ankles, knees, and hips.
Value-Based Care for Your Budget
We are a private-practice model, offering the highest quality services and treatments without the fees or expenses of most hospital systems.
Cost of Service
The Cost of Care
Each patient at Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance brings their own unique circumstances to our practices. We want you to feel educated and empowered to make the best healthcare decision possible for you or your loved one, which includes understanding the financial realities of each treatment option.
Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance and its partnership with Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute allows us to provide cost savings and convenience in one physical location. By partnering and providing services like imaging, bracing, and therapies, Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance patients see the financial advantages of our practice when compared to larger hospitals or healthcare systems. We will work with you throughout the process to ensure we create a payment system that fits your budget and financial realities.
Don’t let joint pain control hinder your life.
Our care is personal. Our team is knowledgeable. And we’re more available than ever.
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