Dr. Peter Mulhern has practiced in the field of orthopaedic surgery for over three decades. Over the last several years, Dr. Mulhern has turned his attention to the specialty of total joint replacement; a procedure which can often help to alleviate the pain, discomfort and relative immobility a severe or chronic joint condition can be causing the patient.
One type of total joint replacement Dr. Peter Mulhern is well versed in is total knee replacement, an orthopaedic procedure commonly warranted by any number of knee-related conditions. Some of these include:
Knee pain and stiffness often result from the erosion of cartilage that rests on the knee’s gliding surface. Once this cartilage is gone completely, the bones rub directly against one another during movement, leading to what is often severe pain and joint immobilization.
Serious injuries like ligament damage, meniscus tears and fractures can often result in traumatic arthritis. If left untreated, this condition may further damage the knee’s articular cartilage, which may then devolve into osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory disease, results in synovial fluid overproduction (this fluid is what lubricates the knee joints). When such inflammation takes place, the knee’s articular cartilage may experience considerable damage and wear, causing pain and severely limiting mobility.
An expert in total joint replacement, particularly that of the knee, hip and shoulder, Dr. Peter Mulhern works with each individual patient to determine the best treatment options and course of action available.
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