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By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 25, 2022
Tags: Hip Replacement  

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure for replacing damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint with prosthetic parts. The procedure helps improve joint function and mobility, and alleviates hip pain and stiffness. The experienced orthopedic doctors at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Manassas, or Haymarket, VA, specialize in hip replacement surgery and can determine if you are a candidate.

Candidates for Hip Replacement

More conservative treatment methods, such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications, should always be utilized before turning to hip replacement surgery. However, if conservative treatments no longer provide relief from joint pain, stiffness, and other symptoms, hip replacement surgery is the next step.

Candidates for hip replacement surgery should be in generally good health overall and be experiencing one of more of the following symptoms:

  • Constant hip pain or discomfort, even while resting
  • Stiffness in the hip joint that impairs leg mobility
  • Hip pain even after continued use of conservative treatments
  • Limited mobility due to hip pain and discomfort

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery can involve total replacement of the hip joint or replacing only the ball portion of the hip joint, which is known as hemiarthroplasty. The skilled orthopedic surgeons at our practice in Haymarket, VA, can determine which hip replacement surgery you need. The procedure can be performed as a traditional open hip replacement or using a robotic surgical system called MAKOplasty® that is controlled by the surgeon.

Hip replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes a few hours from start to finish. During the procedure, the damaged hip joint is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint. The surgeon will test the fit of the prosthetic components during surgery to ensure a perfect fit and then secure them in place with surgical screws or surgical cement. Finally, the surgical site will be closed and you will be ready to begin the recovery process.

Hip Replacement Recovery

The total length of time it takes to fully recover from hip replacement surgery depends on several factors and varies from one individual to the next, but usually takes between 6-12 months. The type of surgery performed, whether total hip replacement or hemiarthroplasty, can affect recovery time. During recovery, many patients benefit from doing physical therapy and other rehabilitation services available at our office.

Hip replacement surgery can restore mobility and function, while alleviating chronic pain, stiffness, and discomfort. To learn more about hip replacement, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, VA, at (703) 369-9070. For your convenience, we are also located in Manassas.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
June 10, 2022
Tags: Orthopedic Rehab  

Learn more about our orthopedic rehabilitation services and what they can do for you.

Whether you’ve just undergone surgery, an injury, or a certain disease, your doctor may recommend turning to our Manassas and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic surgeons at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists for orthopedic rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation services offer a hands-on, drug-free therapeutic approach to helping you recover after a condition, injury or disorder leads to musculoskeletal complaints and issues that may impact your functionality and mobility.

What is orthopedic rehab?

Our Manassas, VA, orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating injuries, diseases, and disorders that impact the musculoskeletal system, including everything from the muscles and bones to the joints, tendons, and cartilage. When injuries and conditions affect mobility, our team can provide you with rehabilitation to restore your mobility or provide assistive devices to help make getting around easier.

What conditions can benefit from orthopedic rehab?

Most musculoskeletal conditions or injuries can benefit from orthopedic rehabilitation with our team. Common conditions that we treat with rehab include,

  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Stroke
  • Joint replacement
  • Post-surgical care
  • Stress fractures
  • Overuse injuries
  • Knee instability or runner’s knee
  • Bursitis and tendonitis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Scoliosis

What goes into orthopedic rehab?

We map out a customized treatment plan to fit your needs, goals, and lifestyle to help support your recovery. While the exercises and treatments you receive will vary, the overarching goal is to provide you with what you need to support optimal recovery.

During orthopedic rehab, we’ll work to gradually retrain and strengthen the body and mind through physical exercises, stretches, and techniques designed to improve how your body functions while helping to build back up to your level of mobility and functionality.

Occupational therapy can also help you regain your independence and help you adapt to specific injuries or conditions, particularly chronic diseases so that you can still perform everyday activities such as grooming, cooking, bathing, and working.

If you are interested in whether orthopedic rehab can address your musculoskeletal injuries or condition, call the Manassas and Haymarket, VA, the orthopedic team at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists today at (703) 369-9070 to schedule a consultation.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
November 23, 2021

Shoulder replacement surgery offered by your orthopaedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket and Manassas, VA, can ease your pain and improve the range of motion in your shoulder. If you're considering the surgery, you'll want to keep these things in mind.

The right time for shoulder replacement surgery

Pain medication and physical therapy can often be very helpful in managing shoulder pain and stiffness. Unfortunately, if you have arthritis, a rotator cuff injury that doesn't improve, or a fracture, these measures alone may not be enough to manage pain and improve flexibility. Shoulder surgery may be the best option if:

  • Medication no longer adequately controls your pain
  • Your shoulder hurts even when you're not using it
  • Stiffness and pain has begun to affect your life
  • You've developed weakness and reduced range of motion in your shoulder
  • Your shoulder is getting stiffer

What you can expect

Replacing your shoulder joint with an artificial joint usually takes about three or four hours and is performed using local or general anesthesia. During the surgery, your doctor replaces your ball-and-socket shoulder joint with a replacement joint made of metal and plastic.

After surgery, you may have trouble moving or feeling your arm and hand until the anesthetic wears off completely in 12 to 24 hours. Your arm will remain in a sling for the next four to six weeks. Although your arm will be in a sling, it won't remain immobilized all the time. You'll participate in physical therapy and also do exercises on your own designed to improve the mobility of your shoulder joint and strengthen your muscles.

Over-the-counter pain medication and ice will control any post-operative pain you may have, although stronger pain medication may be needed in some cases. Your sutures will be removed during a visit to the Haymarket or Manassas orthopaedics office about two weeks after your shoulder replacement surgery.

When you return home, you may need help getting dressed and handling many other basic tasks at first. As you regain movement in your shoulder, you'll soon be able to handle these tasks yourself.

Are you ready for shoulder replacement surgery? Call (703) 369-9070 to schedule an appointment with your Haymarket and Manassas, VA, orthopaedic specialists at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 21, 2021
Tags: Hip Replacement  

A hip injury and hip pain can dramatically impact our ability to take part in everyday activities. We don't have to be extremely active to understand just how damaging it is to have a hip joint that will not cooperate. For many, recovery from both pain and injury at the joint has been possible with conservative methods alone. But when this isn't enough it's time to turn to our local Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, medical professionals of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists to inquire about hip replacement surgery.

Exhausted Conservative Approaches

At the first sign of injury, the typically recommended strategy is something referred to as RICE. RICE consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, all of these strategies in tandem can help reduce early inflammation and help us manage pain. Our doctor may then recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to further assist in this goal. Injections and other prescribed medications may also be part of the recovery plan.

While rest is key at the initial phase, regaining movement of the joint is just as important and this can be achieved in a controlled setting through physical therapy. Walking aids can allow us to graduate to other physical activities and eventually to transition back to a painless range of motion.

When Pain Persists

It is when the above-mentioned conservative approaches do not succeed in returning us our ability to perform as before, and especially when pain does not subside, that we may be looking at hip replacement surgery as the solution. This is when pain affects us even while at rest, or is too severe and has to be constantly managed with pain medication. Imaging tests will allow our doctor to know for sure if we are candidates for the procedure.

Hip Replacement in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA

Hip replacement surgery consists of removing the damaged bone tissue and replacing the joint at both parts with artificial ones, using a plastic insert in between them to allow for smooth movement. The ultimate goal of the surgery is to restore the range of motion and be as pain-free as possible.

To find out with certainty if you're a candidate for hip replacement schedule a consultation with the experts of Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists in Haymarket, and Manassas, VA, by dialing 703-369-9070.

By Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists
October 20, 2021
Tags: Knee Replacement  

When knee problems plague you, it’s common to wonder whether or not knee replacement is right for you. While our Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic surgeons provide patients with the most advanced surgical techniques and technologies in partial and total knee replacement surgery, this isn’t always the right treatment for everyone. Here are some signs that knee replacement might be right for you:

Severe, Chronic Pain

Do you find yourself in pain more days than not? Is your pain continuous? Is the pain so bad at times that it keeps you from sleeping? If your knee pain isn’t being resolved or controlled with pain relievers and other treatment options it may be time to discuss knee replacement surgery with our Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic team.

Limited Functionality

Do your knee pain, stiffness, and other issues make it difficult to go about your daily routine? Do you find that it’s incredibly challenging to even perform the most minor tasks such as going up and down the stairs, doing laundry, or getting groceries? If you’ve tried knee braces, physical therapy, and other pain-relieving treatments and you’re still having trouble getting through day-to-day activities, then surgery may be the next step.

Severe Joint Damage

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis of the knee. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek treatment for chronic knee pain, stiffness, and swelling until there’s extensive damage. While there are medications on the market that can slow the progression of joint damage, if there is already significant joint damage then our orthopedic team may recommend surgery to replace the joint.

Your Quality of Life Has Diminished

One of the main reasons people end up getting knee replacement surgery is that their quality of life has plummeted since dealing with knee pain. Sometimes knee pain and other issues are challenging to control with nonsurgical interventions. When people feel that their pain is all-consuming and impacting their life, then surgery is often best.

If you are dealing with any of the issues above, it’s time to talk with our Manassas, and Haymarket, VA, orthopedic team about if knee replacement could be right for you. To schedule an evaluation with our team, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists at 703-369-9070.