Avoiding Aches and Pains
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Baby boomers are not just sitting back and growing old in their rocking chairs. The vigorous lifestyles of this generation are challenging the aches and pains that come with age. They are extending their active years by turning to knee and hip replacements when arthritic symptoms threaten their independence and mobility. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, baby boomers now account for 15 percent of all knee replacements and more than 20 percent of all hip replacements.
Doctors are seeing younger patients with greater expectations of continuing their active lifestyles into their 70s and 80s. Recent studies suggest that because of the baby boomers' active lifestyle, the demand for hip and knee replacements is likely to increase five to six fold in the next 25 years.
With expertise in complex primary and revision total joint replacement, University of Maryland Orthopaedics is a resource to the regional orthopaedic community.
Joint replacement is often necessary when the cartilage, the covering that allows a normal joint to move freely and painlessly, is worn or damaged. The friction of bone rubbing on bone causes pain and loss of motion. It can also decrease the joint's weight-bearing capacity. During a joint replacement operation, the worn bone and cartilage surfaces are surgically removed and replaced with synthetic materials, usually made of durable, wear-resistant metal and plastic. Different procedures and components may be used, depending upon factors such as the nature of the disease or injury, the patient's age, and condition of the bone. In addition to the hip and knee, University of Maryland orthopaedic surgeons specialize in replacement of shoulder, elbow, wrist, finger, and ankle joints.
Minimally invasive joint replacement procedures, partial joint replacements, and joint preserving procedures such as osteotomy and vascularized fibula bone grafting represent alternative therapies for diseased joints that are suited to some specific patients. At the University of Maryland, the full spectrum of arthritic joint care is provided through collaborative and cooperative physician involvement from orthopaedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation medicine.
With patient care as our top-priority, University of Maryland orthopaedists are seeing patients in their own communities. In addition to treating patients at the University campus in downtown Baltimore, clinical offices are located in Timonium, Woodlawn, College Park, and Millersville (in Anne Arundel County).
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