Joint Instability in Atlanta, GA

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About Joint Instability

Joint instability occurs when tissues (including muscles, ligaments, and bones) weaken or deteriorate. Although joints are flexible, they also require stability and strength in order to remain healthy. Since muscles and tendons keep the bones or joints in the correct position, they are crucial for maintaining joint stability. There are several factors that can contribute to joint instability, one of the main ones being osteoarthritis, which may require innovative treatment options. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, experienced orthopedic physician Dr. Christopher Williams works to diagnose and treat joint instability in order to prevent future complications. Learn more about your various treatment options by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation.

Symptoms of Joint Instability

A number of symptoms are associated with joint instability. Some of the most common include:

  • Pain and discomfort, often following an injury
  • Frequent dislocation of the affected joint(s)
  • Weakness of the joint and the surrounding areas
  • Tenderness in the affected area

Prior to recommending the appropriate treatment option for you, Dr. Williams will conduct a thorough diagnostic process that may include an x-ray or MRI to rule out any other conditions.

Causes of Joint Instability

There are several factors that can make an individual at a higher risk of developing joint instability. An injury or accident can lead to a dislocation of the joint or an injury to a ligament, causing issues with stability. Additionally, repetitive movements and overuse of a joint can also cause stability over time. Also known as being "double-jointed," multidirectional instability can occur from birth in individuals who have looser joints than normal. During your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will be able to better identify the exact cause and reasoning for your joint instability. 

Joint Instability Treatment Options

Treatment options for joint instability may vary, depending upon the cause, location, and severity of your condition. Dr. Williams will typically suggest more conservative forms of treatment initially, such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, or the use of a splint or brace. If these are not effective, then a minimally invasive surgical procedure may be necessary to help provide stability to your joint. Dr. Williams will be able to explain all of your various treatment options to ensure you receive the best possible, long-term results. 

Restore Stability

When not properly and promptly treated, joint instability can lead to future complications later on. This is why it is important to seek professional medical care when you believe you are suffering from the condition. Contact Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta to learn more and to schedule your consultation with experienced physician Dr. Christopher Williams.

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