Joint Preservation

If your joint is deteriorating, you don’t have to resign yourself to immediate surgery. With joint preservation at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Clifton, New Jersey, Michael Russonella, DO, can do platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy or other joint injections. These procedures help your joint feel and function better, allowing you to delay or avoid surgery. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Joint Preservation Q & A

Why does joint pain happen?

There are many possible reasons for joint pain. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Traumatic injury to the joint
  • Cartilage depletion within the joint

Many joint pain sufferers assume that joint pain automatically means you need a joint replacement. However, thanks to today’s joint preservation procedures, that’s not always the case.


What is joint preservation?

Joint preservation is a way to keep your joint functional, decrease your joint pain, and to delay or possibly avoid a joint replacement. There are two types of joint preservation, surgical and non-surgical. Factors that affect your choice of joint preservation include:

  • Symptom severity
  • Age, which can impact how you respond to joint preservation
  • How your joint pain affects your life
  • Joint location, and whether it’s a crucial weight-bearing joint

Sometimes, non-surgical joint preservation is the right choice, even if you know that it’s likely you’ll need full joint replacement later, but in other cases, it’s best to have the full joint replacement now. Dr. Russonella will help you decide what’s right for you.

How does non-surgical joint preservation work?

Non-surgical joint preservation at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute frequently involves injections. Platelet-rich plasma, which uses growth factors from your own plasma, can help you recover from damage or injury, and allows you to regrow damaged tissue faster.

How does surgical joint preservation work?

Surgical joint preservation, while a surgical procedure, is considerably less complex than a full joint replacement. There are a couple of different types of surgical joint preservation.

Most surgical joint preservation procedures involve joint reconstruction, along with cartilage redistribution or replacement. However, some joint preservation surgeries include only cartilage restoration.

Other surgical joint preservation procedures may involve partial replacements, like a partial knee replacement, for example. A partial joint replacement is far less invasive than a full joint replacement and is the best choice for many patients because you may be able to completely skip the full joint replacement.

Need joint pain relief, but want to avoid joint replacement? Book your joint restoration consultation at North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute online or by phone now.


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It’s All about How We Treat You

At North Jersey Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Institute Dr. Russonella is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and comfort of athletes of all ages, including patients with non-related sports injuries.  To provide efficient and excellent care he focuses on personal interactions and individualized care for each and every patient. He is committed to improving the overall condition of the patient as well as their quality of life by offering various treatment options to minimize downtime and maximize recovery.

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