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Pain: Hip or Spine Problem?

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Many patients are confused as they seek the cause of their pain. Is it arthritis of the hip, knee or spinal stenosis? As our population ages, the incidence of spinal stenosis is becoming more frequent. Spinal stenosis is a medical condition that often occurs at the same time as osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, but may also occur by itself. It is a narrowing (stenosis) of the canals that encase the nerves in the lumber spine. The process usually begins with degeneration and aging of the disks and joints in the spine, resulting in narrowing of the canals. Inflammation occurs around these compressed nerves and causes pain, making the stenosis worse as tissues swell.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Hip and Knee Replacements

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Facts versus Fiction

Overview

Hip and knee replacements have proven to be two of the most successful surgical procedures ever developed.  Patients disabled because of arthritic conditions are able to return to active, pain-free lifestyles because of these innovative procedures.  Several hundred thousand joint replacements are performed in the United States each year. The news media has reported on so-called “minimally-invasive” joint replacement procedures, showing that some patients go home the same day.  We hope to share some of the facts and fictions associated with these reports, as well as discuss some of Dr. Wayne Goldstein and his associates’ state of the art techniques.

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