• Osteoarthritis Care

    If you have advanced arthritis in the ankle, shoulder, hip or knee and your treatment has stopped helping, don’t give up. When it comes to relieving joint pain, you may have more options than you realize.

    Osteoarthritis is a normal part of aging. But you don’t have to let it limit your mobility. We’re dedicated to managing and treating joint complications resulting from joint diseases, like osteoarthritis.

    What Causes Joint Pain?

    Cartilage is the tissue in our joints that acts as a cushion between our bone surfaces. As we age, our cartilage grows brittle and begins to wear away, eventually resulting in bone rubbing against bone. This loss of cartilage is known as arthritis, and causes joint pain, inflammation and stiffness.

    The degree to which joint cartilage wears away varies from person to person and joint to joint. Because the knee, hip and ankle are weight-bearing joints, the stresses and strains of living, such as injuries, weight, occupation and genetics affect how much and how fast the cartilage wears away.

    Moderate degrees of wear can cause intermittent or mild joint pain, which we can help you manage with non-surgical treatments, such as:

    • Braces/assistive devices provide stability and reduce the amount of bone-on-bone contact in your joint. They can help reduce your pain and increase your mobility.
    • Injection therapy delivers anesthetic or pain medication into your damaged joint.
    • Pain medications can help you control your pain. We may recommend you use an over-the-counter option, or write you a prescription. Either way, we often recommend you use these medications with exercise and physical therapy.
    • Physical therapy uses low-impact strengthening exercises to increase your mobility, and manage your injury. Since weakened muscles make your joint more difficult to move, your joint pain can actually get worse if you don’t stay active.
    • Weight management programs can help you create realistic meal and exercise plans, so you can achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Excess body weight adds stress to your joints, and often leads to low activity levels.

    These non-invasive techniques are always your first line of defense against joint pain.

    Joint Replacement for a Fresh Start

    After you’ve exhausted all non-surgical options, we may recommend joint replacement surgery to bring you lasting relief. Our team is skilled in the latest advances in joint replacement surgery. In fact, we perform more joint replacements than any hospital in Maryland. By replacing your joint with a high-tech mechanical joint, we can help you regain function so you can enjoy the activities you love—walking, sports, gardening or playing with your grandchildren.

    The Center for Joint Replacement

    Dedicated exclusively to joint health and joint replacement surgery, our renowned center combines experience, medical expertise, advanced technology and skilled staff to help you overcome joint pain. The center operates as a unique and comprehensive hospital unit—designed specifically to provide you a healing environment for a healthy and speedy recovery.

    At the Forefront of Research and Innovation

    Part of our responsibility in caring for you is staying at the forefront of medicine through high-quality research. We’re proud of the center’s progress, and the impact it can have on you, our community and the world.

    Count on the Doctors Other Doctors Trust

    If you believe joint replacement surgery is the right option for you, you’re in good hands. Our surgeons specialize in knee and hip replacement surgery, and have documented exceptional outcomes. In fact, doctors come from all over the world to learn from us.

    We can help you manage your pain until your surgery, and we offer services, such as physical medicine and physical therapy to help you recover afterward.

    While in our care, you’ll be assigned a joint replacement team. In addition to your surgeon, many specialists will play an important role in your treatment and recovery, including:

    • Care Coordinators help with your needs outside the hospital, such as home health services and locating community resources.
    • Hospitalists manage your medical condition around-the clock. They work closely with your orthopedic surgeon to manage your pain, medications and any existing conditions while you’re in the hospital.
    • Joint Secretaries coordinate your pre-operative care between your doctor’s office, the hospital, and testing facilities.
    • Nurses take care of your daily needs, talk with you about your care and advocate for you during your hospital stay.
    • Nurse Navigators walk in lock-step with you and your family throughout your joint replacement journey. They’ll help coordinate your medical, emotional and spiritual needs and answer your questions.
    • Patient Care Technicians assist your nurses by taking your vital signs and helping with your meals, baths and restroom needs. They also provide support for your family.
    • Rehabilitation Specialists work with you to improve your mobility. These specialists may include a physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapist and certified occupational therapy assistant.

    Know What to Expect

    Joint replacement surgery is very successful in most cases, but it does have some risks, including infection, nerve damage and blood clots to name a few. These risks can vary depending on your age, lifestyle choices (such as smoking) and overall health. Your joint replacement care team will work with you to better understand your specific risks, and help you make an informed decision about surgery.

    If you elect to have a joint replaced, knowing what to expect can go a long way in reducing your anxiety about the procedure. From start to finish, your care team will explain every step—and be at your side.

    As a first step, you and your family will attend one of The Joint Center's pre-op classes. During the class, you’ll learn in detail the mechanics of the joint and how they relate to your procedure. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour the center, so you can see first-hand the care and treatment you'll receive.