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The Total Joint Center in Connecticut

Specialists in Arthroscopic and Joint Replacement Surgery

The Total Joint Center provides the full range of adult hip, knee, ankle, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgeries. Our team of fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons performs leading-edge procedures using the latest technologies for superior outcomes.

Not all patients who come to The Total Joint Center will require joint replacement surgery. We first explore nonsurgical options, including bracing and physical therapy, according to the patient’s symptoms, condition, and needs. When surgery is necessary, we perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery whenever possible, which generally results in a quicker return to function and higher satisfaction. Our surgeons subspecialize in fracture repairs and hip, ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and full and partial knee replacement surgeries.

In addition, we are especially sensitive to treating older patients who have experienced geriatric trauma or are suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory joint diseases.

At OrthoConnecticut, you will find truly personal service. Our treatment philosophy, with care delivered by our highly trained team of surgeons and rehabilitation therapists, includes an integrated approach to your recovery. Our multiple locations offer top-quality care without a commute, making your surgery and recovery more convenient for you and your whole family.


Total Joint Frequently Asked Questions

Joint pain is observed across the population in multiple parts of the body, including in the hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine. Age, weight, previous injuries, overuse and other medical conditions can all contribute to joint pain. A number of different conditions can cause joint pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Broken Bone
  • Lyme Disease
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Leukemia
  • Rickets
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprain
  • Bone Disease
  • Depression, anxiety or stress
  • Viral infection

Joint pain is a common sensation, but you should see an orthopedic doctor if the pain persists along with swelling, redness, tenderness, or warmth around the joint. You should  consider seeing a physician if your joint pain does not go away after a couple of weeks, or if the application of at-home treatments does not provide relief.

The most common at-home treatment methods include applying ice, applying heat, resting the joint, and taking supplements like glucosamine or chondroitin. Joint pain is also common in people who are overweight, so losing excess weight and building muscle strength may help to relieve some pain. 

Painkillers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) are popular medicines for people with joint pain. Your doctor may also prescribe a stronger dose of other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to follow your physician’s advice before engaging in any other-the-counter medication protocols.

There are several different things you can do to help relieve, reduce, or prevent joint pain. Make sure to keep your body moving by doing gentle stretches and movements throughout the day. You should also maintain good posture and avoid overuse of your joints. If you experience joint pain, you can treat it by resting, applying  heat, ice, or taking pain medication. 

Chronic joint disease is not reversible. However, there are many ways to treat joint disease that prevent or slow down further degeneration of the joint. Treatments include taking medications, going to physical therapy, and receiving joint injections. 

Aside from persistent pain, some common symptoms of joint problems include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness 
  • Clicking or grinding noises when you move your joint
  • Painful movement
  • Loss of mobility
  • Heat or redness around the joint
  • Stiffness
  • Enlarged joint

Individuals with a degraded joint that causes persistent pain are candidates for joint replacement surgery. If you have a family history of osteoarthritis, or you have rheumatoid arthritis, and you begin to experience joint pain and stiffness, a joint replacement surgery may bring you relief and a return to normal activity. Generally, eligible candidates include those with moderate to severe arthritis in the joint—including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis—that induces chronic pain and/or interferes with life’s daily activities.

Joint replacement surgery isn’t for everyone, and many people have been able to enjoy their lives with low levels of pain without getting a joint replacement. Some procedures, like arthroscopic surgery, are less invasive and can repair some level of joint damage.

You can also limit or prevent joint pain, or manage onsetting pain by making lifestyle changes that alleviate pressure on your joints. These include staying active, improving strength and mobility, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding overuse, using braces when necessary, taking certain medications and supplements, and resting the joint. Other procedures that may be considered are cartilage regeneration or joint injections.

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The MAKOplasty® Advantage

Common Joint Procedures and Conditions Treated:

  • Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Posterior and Anterior Approach)
  • Revision Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Revision Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
  • Arthritis Management (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis)
  • Management of Disorders of the Hip and Knee
  • Meniscus Tear (ACL, MCL)
  • Bursitis and Tendonitis




The MAKOplasty® Advantage

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