Arthritis Specialist

Premier Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Specialist located in Hattiesburg, MS

When the effectiveness of medicine, physical therapy, braces, and even injections to relieve your arthritis pain dwindles, seek the help of a board-certified physician. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thomas Baylis and his team specialize in arthritis and osteoarthritis treatments, including joint replacements. If you live in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and have difficulty managing your arthritis, contact the renowned expert in joint replacements. Call the office today to schedule your appointment or book it online now.

Arthritis Q & A

What causes arthritis?

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, causes a breakdown of the cartilage in your joints. When the disease progresses, it can lead to bone-on-bone friction accompanied by severe pain, swelling, and stiffness. In many cases, you may experience loss of joint mobility.

In most cases, osteoarthritis is the result of normal aging. Repetitive movements can also lead to arthritis, as can joint injuries.

Although arthritis can impact anyone, there are certain risk factors that increase your chance of it developing. These include:

  • A family history of arthritis
  • Age 45 or older
  • Obesity

What lifestyle changes help with arthritis symptoms?

There are certain things you can do at home to manage your arthritis symptoms. Regular exercise can improve your joint mobility and slow the progression of the disease. Increasing the number of anti-inflammatory foods in your diet may also help with symptoms.

Dr. Baylis may also suggest hot and cold therapy or using assistive devices when necessary.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Because it’s a chronic condition, there is no cure for arthritis, but Dr. Baylis and his team can treat your arthritis symptoms and offer surgical options once the condition has reached its end stage.

Dr. Baylis recommends treatment to relieve symptoms and minimize their impact on your daily living, as well as increase joint function and reduce pain. Depending on the severity of your case, he may suggest:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Topical creams
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Braces
  • Physical therapy

If you have end-stage arthritis, he may explain that a joint-replacement surgery is your best option for pain relief and joint function.

How do you know if you need a joint replacement surgery?

If arthritis has destroyed the cartilage in your joint, you may need surgery. An expert in joint replacements, Dr. Baylis reviews the arthritis treatments you’ve already tried, ensuring a less invasive option isn’t available. If nothing else has been successful, he discusses the pros and cons of joint replacement surgery.

He details the surgical procedure step by step and explains the cutting-edge technology that’s used at Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, including robotic-assisted knee replacements and the innovative Hana® table for anterior hip replacements. He also discusses post-surgical aftercare and rehabilitation.

If you’re tired of the aching, stiff joints caused by arthritis, contact the experts in joint therapy. Call Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule your initial consultation or book it online now.