because life hinges on expertise
You’ve got a lot riding on your knee, hip, and shoulder joints. They’re the major hinges of your body, determining your capacity to work, play, exercise, and enjoy life. When they begin to fail, pain and limitations very quickly take center stage.
Our impeccably trained team of joint specialists, the region’s leaders in eliminating pain, restoring stability, and welcoming freedom of movement back into your life, utilize the latest diagnostic innovations to determine the cause of your pain and the best course of treatment.
In cases where surgery is required, be it in the form of arthroscopy (joint scoping) or arthroplasty (joint replacement) our surgeons stand head and shoulders above the rest, performing thousands of these minimally invasive procedures every year.
Our forward-looking approach has yielded numerous historical “firsts.” The most significant being the performance of both the region’s first outpatient total knee replacement and the first outpatient anterior approach hip replacement, a procedure that allows surgeons to operate from the front of the hip rather than the side, preserving muscle tissue and speeding healing. And each of these surgeries took place in our onsite Surgery Center.
Your knees at a glance
The knee is a complex, hinge-like joint. With support from cartilage, ligaments, and muscles, the two bones at the joint move over each other so you can straighten and bend your leg. In a healthy knee, the surfaces of the thigh and shinbones are smooth and lubricated by joint fluid so they can roll, rotate, and glide easily over each other. Cartilage covers the bones evenly, allowing smooth movement. Protected by the kneecap and held in place by muscles and ligaments the joint bends freely.
Your hips at a glance
The hip joint connects the pelvis with the legs. It is a ball and socket joint with the ball on top of the femur (thigh bone) and the socket in the pelvis. It allows for twisting, bending, and back and forth motions. Reaching down to the floor and putting on your socks and shoes require a nearly normal range of motion of the hips.
Walking, running, and most other upright activities can be painful if the hip is damaged, and even sitting for long periods and sleeping can be disrupted by a diseased hip. Strong muscles connecting the pelvis to the femur power the hip joint and are also subject to injury. Ongoing research into hip joint mechanics and various injuries is leading to more options for treating this large and important joint.
Your shoulders at a glance
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, and is the most dependent on soft tissue balance for stability. Trauma or age-related degeneration can cause pain or disability in any part of the shoulder. Treatment of shoulder pathology, ranging from physical therapy to surgical reconstruction, is often successful in relieving pain and restoring function.
The shoulder girdle is composed of three joints and one articulation:
- Sternoclavicular joint
- Acromioclavicular joint
- Glenohumeral joint (the shoulder joint)
- Scapulothoracic articulation