Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks the body’s tissues and it can lead to inflammation, joint pain and stiffness. When inflammation continues, it can become of a disease process and lead to joint damage. Pain and swelling occurs in the lining of the joint known as the synovium. A healthy synovium produces fluid that lubricates the joints in areas like the hips, knees and fingers.
The Effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease. After the onset of rheumatoid arthritus, damage can occur within three months and result in joint pain. This can eventually lead to disability. Rheumatoid arthritis may be influenced by:
- Environmental factors
- Hormonal changes
How an Orthopedic Surgeon Can help Rheumatoid Arthritis
An orthopedic surgeon specializes in musculoskeletal issues, including rheumatoid arthritis. An orthopedic surgeon is trained to perform surgery on joints and muscles. If your joints are damaged, an orthopedic surgeon will be able to perform a joint replacement. They also focus on diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal issues. Sometimes, medications can slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and help relieve joint pain. The main reasons to choose surgery for rheumatoid arthritis are to help improve mobility and to get relief from pain. It’s wise to speak with both a rheumatologist and an orthopedic surgeon to help determine what type of treatment is best for rheumatoid arthritus.
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s the hip or knee joints that are most often replaced. An orthopedic surgeon takes out the affected part and inserts an artificial joint in its place. Depending on your weight, health and age, a replaced joint can last more than 20 years. Before surgery, your surgeon may stop some of your medications and have you give blood in case you need it during surgery.
Southeast Orthopedic Specialists has trained and experienced orthopedic surgeons that offer the best of care. State-of-the-art methods are used, and there is excellent post-operative care. Physical therapy is also offered for rehabilitation after surgery. The team of orthopedic surgeons are nationally recognized Total Joint Replacement Specialists who have performed more joint replacements than anyone else in Northeast Florida. If your suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, give them a call for a one-on-one consultation.Return to Blog