Joint treatment in Turkey
Joint treatment in Turkey. There are many reasons for joint pain: it can be inflammatory diseases, injuries.
There are many reasons for joint pain: it can be inflammatory diseases, injuries. Most often, the joints are of concern to the elderly and athletes. It is not uncommon for them to be diagnosed with arthritis, arthrosis and prescribed long-term treatment.
Joint treatment depends largely on the patient's current condition. In the early stages, drug treatment is carried out - anti-inflammatory drugs, chondroprotectors are prescribed. Physiotherapy can provide excellent results. In South Korea, traditional Eastern medicine and a combination of Eastern and Western techniques are widespread. In the most severe cases, when the joint is severely deformed and mobility is impaired, joint replacement is performed.
If, in the case of diagnostics, it turns out that joint pain is associated with arthritis, a set of measures to treat arthritis is performed.
During a physical exam, your doctor will check your joints for redness or swelling. If arthritis is suspected, the patient is prescribed a series of tests, including:
- analysis of synovial fluid from a diseased joint to look for infection or gout;
- a biopsy of a nearby lymph node to check for the presence of cancerous or other abnormal cells
- a blood test to look for certain antibodies called rheumatoid factor and other signs of arthritis
- Ultrasound, CT or MRI are prescribed to investigate possible bone damage and inflammation.
After diagnosis, medical or surgical treatment is prescribed. Medication is primarily aimed at reducing pain. There are three general classes of drugs: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and disease-modifying antineoplastic drugs. The first two groups are fast acting, while the third class drugs can take full effect only after a few weeks or months. During drug treatment, the patient often donates blood to check how the drugs are affecting the liver and kidneys.
If the medications do not cope well with the symptoms, several surgical procedures are offered in Turkish hospitals and clinics.
- Surgical cleaning of the joint. This operation is performed in a minimally invasive way using an arthroscope. The surgeon removes the inflamed and wounded tissue from the inside of the joint, which temporarily relieves pain and improves mobility.
- Endoprosthetics or arthroplasty of the joint. This type of surgery is used in cases of severe arthritis. Placing a prosthesis can relieve pain and increase the functionality of the leg or arm. During the operation, the joint is replaced with an artificial hinge with titanium, plastic and silicone rubber mountings.
- Bone fusion surgery. This procedure is performed in the area of small joints (fingers, wrist, ankle) for progressive arthritis. During surgery, the joint is removed. Then both bones are connected and fixed together with special fasteners.