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Your Health: Joint Pain Options

If you are having problems with your joints, Washington Regional's Joint Center has many options available. Doctor Kris Hamby has the scoop in this week's Your Health.

If you are having problems with your joints, Washington Regional's Joint Center has many options available. Doctor Kris Hamby has the scoop in this week's Your Health.

Despite how common joint pain may be, Dr. Hamby says many people try to ignore it. "I think it's still very surprising that in 2013 there are a lot of people who have bad joints. They have a lot of pain, and they're really kind of trying to ignore it," says Hamby.

But there are other options if you don't want to have surgery. "It doesn't mean that you have to have surgery," Hamby says.  "We have a lot of options. We have to try to help people and a lot of people just aren't willing to be evaluated. The Joint Center specializes in taking care of people with damaged hips, knees and shoulders."

So, if you've had arthritis that you know about and it's just gotten worse to the point that you may need surgery, Dr. Hamby says you might want to see your orthapedic surgeon to evaluate whether you are a candidate for joint replacement or for the Joint Center at Washington Regional.

"Joint replacement is actually a pretty new field," says Hamby. "It's been around 40 or 50 years but things have changed a lot so surgery is a lot more minimally invasive now. We try to minimize damage or cutting to any muscles or tendons."

Dr Hamby also says, "we really like to use the most modern techniques and I think that helps us have better results here."

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