Education

Why choose Southwest Center for Healthy Joints?

Dr's Durudogan, Chandler and Chaudri have been trained on the latest advances in ceramics and minimally invasive surgery covering a broad range of needs from knee to shoulder. If you're ready to consider having knee joint replacement, the next important step is set up an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons. The medical management of arthritis and joint degeneration may be handled by a family doctor, an internist, or a rheumatologist. However, when medical management is not effective, an orthopaedic surgeon should be consulted to determine if surgery is an option. In some cases, we may be the first physician to make the diagnosis of arthritis.

While every orthopaedic evaluation is different, there are many commonly used tests that an orthopaedic surgeon may consider in evaluating a patient's condition. In general, the orthopaedic evaluation usually consists of:

  • A thorough review of your medical history
  • A physical examination
  • X-rays
  • Additional tests as needed

The information that we gather during the medical history usually suggests the possibility of several different diagnoses (causes). After the medical history is taken, a physical examination is conducted.