Part of providing the best orthopedic care available is staying on top of new procedures and treatments. The physicians and specialists at New Mexico Orthopaedics are actively involved in emerging research and new physician education. We understand that in order for the outcomes of our patients to improve, we have to constantly look for better ways to prevent their injuries and ailments and better ways to treat them when problems do arise. To learn more about some of the research and innovation efforts we’re involved in, please read below.
As people age, they often begin to develop symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially in their weight-bearing joints. Osteoarthritis is a disease that primarily affects the cartilage that acts as a buffer and cushion in a comparatively healthy joint. As the cartilage tissues wear away over time, movement in the affected body parts can become strained and uncomfortable. Normal knee joints also contain a small amount of synovial fluid, a thick gelatin like material that further reduces friction in joint movement. Over time, this fluid tends to become thinner and less effective as a lubricant, adding to the problems of cartilage deterioration.
Several pharmaceutical companies have developed products that work to replace natural means of knee joint lubrication. Although there is no definitive cure for osteoarthritis at this time, these products can produce significant improvements in patient movement and pain levels. This type of treatment can lead to improved quality of life and help to delay or prevent the need for invasive knee operations.
New and improved treatment options don’t happen on their own. In order for new devices and methods to reach the public, extensive clinical trials and research need to confirm their safety and effectiveness. Our doctors are actively involved in the steps of bringing new medical options to patients. We believe in the ideal of constant and never ending improvement, and work towards that goal each and every day.