Degenerative joint disease and pain does not automatically mean that you need joint replacement surgery. Instead, joint preservation can help to prevent or delay joint replacement, especially in younger patients. At Bumrungrad Sports Medicine and Joints Center, we use both nonsurgical and surgical methods to preserve joints.
Persistent joint pain that interferes with daily activities.
Our specialists assess the reason for joint deterioration. Using X-ray or MRI scan, we identify whether this is due to malalignment, malrotation or a neurological problem and treat accordingly to protect the joint.
Nonsurgical options are always explored before surgery. Physical therapy is a mainstay, helping to improve mobility through exercise and strengthening specific muscle groups. Steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections and platelet-rich plasma injections can also help by relieving pain and halting the progression of degenerative joint disease.
Surgical options may include ligament surgery like ACL or PCL reconstruction, cartilage repair surgery or osteotomy procedures which cut and reshape the bone to repair a damaged joint.
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