Pictured above: Tariq A. Nayfeh, MD, PhD, director of joint replacement at MedStar Harbor Hospital.
More people visit doctors for musculoskeletal problems than for any other reason. Musculoskeletal conditions include arthritis and osteoporosis as well as injuries to the bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments. However, getting accurate diagnoses and effective care for these conditions can be as frustrating as living with the pain.
Our team of physicians and rehabilitation experts offers advanced diagnostic tests, minimally invasive treatments—including outpatient joint replacement surgery, pain control, long-term rehabilitation and support through the entire process, from evaluation through surgery, if necessary.
Nationally recognized for excellence in orthopaedics, our specialists are fellowship-trained in orthopaedic traumatology, athletic medicine, and adult reconstruction.
The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) can be torn if the knee is pulled or twisted in an unnatural way. Injuries to the ACL are especially common in sports where side-to-side or pivoting movement of the knee is required; soccer, basketball, skiing, and football are frequent culprits.
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber at the knees. The meniscus helps lubricate the joint, distributes body weight across the joint, and aids in the stability of the joint. Meniscal tears are typically caused by twisting or hyperflexing the joint. These tears can also occur due to degeneration associated with aging of the meniscus itself.
The goal of hip replacement surgery is to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. In a total hip replacement surgery, the painful parts of the damaged hip are replaced with artificial hip parts called a prosthesis, a device that substitutes or supplements a joint. The prosthesis consists of three components: a socket, ball, and stem. The outer shell of the socket is usually made of metal and the inner shell consists of plastic, or the entire socket may be plastic. When the metal ball is joined with the socket, the new hip allows for smooth, nearly frictionless movement.
In a total knee replacement, damaged tissue is removed and the knee joint is resurfaced using artificial materials. The surgery is an option for patients who suffer from advanced arthritis of the knee or joint problems that limit basic activities and have not responded to other treatment.