We are here to help you achieve victory over joint pain
At The Total Joint Center at Andrews Sports Medicine, our team of experts is accustomed to diagnosing and treating osteoarthritis of the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, and shoulder. As respected industry leaders, our joint replacement specialists utilize the most advanced technology and ground-breaking surgical techniques to produce the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Our philosophy is to partner with our patients to help them claim victory over joint pain. The first step when making the decision about a joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is for the patient to schedule an appointment to determine if they are a candidate for total arthroplasty. During the initial consultation, we take the patient’s medical history, perform a physical examination, and x-ray the hip.
Even if the pain is significant and the x-rays show advanced arthritis of the joint, the first line of treatment is nearly always conservative, non-operative treatment. This may include weight loss if appropriate, modifying certain activities, medication, injections, and/or physical therapy. If the symptoms persist despite these measures, then we recommend that the patient consider a joint replacement.
The decision to move forward with surgery is not always straightforward and usually involves a thoughtful conversation between our surgeons, the patient, and their loved ones. The final decision rests with the patient based on how limited they are by joint pain. We often tell patients that when they have tried non-operative measures, but continue to have to order their lives around what their joint pain will allow them to do, it is time to consider joint replacement surgery.
TO SCHEDULE A JOINT REPLACEMENT CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF THE BELOW SURGEONS, CALL (205) 939-3699 AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH THE APPROPRIATE STAFF MEMBER LISTED BELOW.
- Jeffrey C. Davis, MD (hip, knee) – Request Dr. Davis' appointment scheduler
- Benton A. Emblom, MD (hip, knee) – Request Dr. Emblom's appointment scheduler
- James A. Flanagan, MD (hip, knee) – Request Dr. Flanagan's appointment scheduler
- Wayne McGough, Jr., MD (knee, shoulder) – Request Dr. McGough's appointment scheduler
- K. David Moore, MD (hip, knee) – Request Dr. Moore's appointment scheduler
- Marcus A. Rothermich, MD (knee) – Request Dr. Rothermich's appointment scheduler
Conditions We Treat
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the many tissues of the joint. It is by far the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 32.5 million adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Historically, osteoarthritis (OA) was known as a “wear and tear” condition, generally associated with aging. But we know now that it is a disease of the entire joint, including bone, cartilage, ligaments, fat and the tissues lining the joint (the synovium). Osteoarthritis can degrade cartilage, change bone shape and cause inflammation, resulting in pain, stiffness and loss of mobility.
OA can affect any joint, but typically affects hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck. Its signs and symptoms typically show up more often in individuals over age 50, but OA can affect much younger people, too, especially those who have had a prior joint injury, such as a ACL or meniscus tear. It typically develops slowly over time, but after such an injury, it can develop much more rapidly, within just a few years. OA is not an inevitable aging disease; some people never develop it.
There is no cure for OA, but there are ways to manage OA to minimize pain, continue physical activities, maintain a good quality of life and remain mobile.
Treatments We Offer
Our team of experts provide the newest treatments for joint replacement surgery, including:
- Ankle replacement surgery
- Elbow replacement surgery
- Hip replacement surgery
- Knee replacement surgery
- Shoulder replacement surgery
Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center offers superior total joint replacement surgeries in AL.