Your knee is divided into three different compartments: the medial compartment (the inside part of the knee), the lateral compartment (the outside part of the knee) and the patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee, between the kneecap and thighbone). In the past, when one compartment failed, the response from many orthopedic surgeons was to replace all compartments through full knee replacement surgery. While full knee replacement is effective in many cases, advances in orthopedics have made way for less invasive, personalized techniques that treat only the damaged compartments while preserving the healthy tissue. There are a number of exciting alternatives to full replacement knee surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a cutting-edge medical technique that can promote healing. Read on to discover how PRP is used to treat a range of orthopedic conditions, including arthritis and severe tendinitis.
Most people are familiar with joint replacement. It is replacing the surface of a joint with a metal, ceramic and/or plastic device to take the place of the worn out joint.
A conversation with the dentist.
Dentist, "Mr. Johnson, you have 3 teeth that have severe decay and we need to extract them. I am most comfortable with dentures rather than implants. I am going to extract all your teeth and give you some really great dentures that should last 20 years."