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Sep 10, 2023

Painful Joints? Know the Signs of Potential Joint Replacement

Sponsored Content provided by Dr. Dan McBrayer - Chief of Orthopaedics, Cape Fear Valley Health

The providers at Fayetteville Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine take pride in caring for the orthopedic needs for every age group in Fayetteville and surrounding communities! The board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at Fayetteville Ortho specialize in everything from sports injuries to joint replacements. 

All of our clinical staff are skilled in casting, splinting, and outfitting patients with DME (durable medical equipment), allowing us to treat fractures non-surgically, as well as surgically. Our practice also has onsite physical and occupational therapy, and offers Saturday sports clinics for any student athlete who sustained an injury during a Friday night game.

Many members of the community rely on Fayetteville Ortho for world-class joint replacement surgery. Joint problems can restrict an individual's ability to perform daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs, and participating in recreational activities. Our practice focuses on developing thoughtful, individualized care and treatment plans for patients throughout the Cape Fear Valley region. We’ll work with you to determine if you’re a good candidate for joint replacement. 

Most patients choose to have a total joint replacement when their joint pain causes difficulty sleeping, limits their ability to participate in daily activities, or prevents them from participating in their hobbies. Two of the most common types of joint replacement surgeries are hip and knee replacements. 

Patients who have painful joint deterioration due to conditions such as arthritis, cartilage injury, avascular necrosis, trauma, congenital deformities, or trauma, may be candidates for joint replacement. When non-surgical treatments like pain medications, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or assistive devices like canes or braces fail to provide lasting relief, joint replacement may be the next step.

When performing a total knee or hip replacement, surgeons remove the arthritic or damaged joint and replace it with a prosthesis, also known as an artificial joint. Thanks to new technologies, we’re able to use minimally-invasive techniques for total hip and knee replacements, which often speeds up recovery. Our goal for total joint replacement is to give our patients an improved quality of life, including pain-free movement and greater independence.

In some patients, a partial knee replacement can relieve pain from arthritis or injury. A partial knee replacement surgery involves using a smaller implant inside the knee to replace the damaged part of the knee. Patients who undergo a partial knee replacement typically have a quicker recovery time and many regain normal knee function due to the minimally-invasive nature of the surgery. 

It's important to note that joint replacement is not without risks, and there is a recovery period involved. Therefore, individuals considering this surgery should thoroughly discuss the benefits, risks, and alternatives with their healthcare team to make an informed decision.

Our Fayetteville and the Cape Fear Region joint replacement experts can determine if a partial or full joint replacement or another course of treatment may be beneficial for you. If you think you may be a candidate for a knee or hip replacement, visit to schedule an appointment with one of our joint replacement specialists.

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