Following the orthopaedic evaluation, the orthopaedic specialist will review and discuss the results with you. Based on his or her diagnosis, your treatment options may include:
- Physical therapy
- Arthroscopy (cleaning the joint)
- Joint fluid supplements (injections that provide temporary pain relief)
- Joint replacement
If you and your orthopaedic surgeon decide that joint replacement surgery is an option to relieve your pain, the orthopaedic surgeon will provide the specific-to-you details of which type of artificial joint he or she will use, what you need to know to prepare for the surgery, how the surgery will be performed, and what results you can expect once you are up and moving again.