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Joint Preservation & Arthritis Center

We offer personalized approaches to reduce joint-related pain and delay the onset of degenerative arthritis.

The Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care is dedicated to advancing conservative treatment of joint-related problems and to providing personalized approaches to prolong the health of your joints. 

Our goal is to reduce your symptoms, restore joint function, and delay the onset of degenerative arthritis in active people as well as in individuals who want to explore less-invasive alternatives to joint replacement. 

As a patient at the Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center, your care is followed throughout the course of your condition. Careful monitoring of your progress is vital to pinpointing the right treatment for each person’s specific problem, and to determining when to consider the next step in the treatment process.

Whether you have injured your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and are considering ACL reconstruction, injured your cartilage and are contemplating cartilage replacement, or if you have a longstanding history of knee osteoarthritis and are considering total knee replacement, our physicians discuss surgical and nonsurgical options with you, and our recommendations may change as we follow you over time. 

We offer a combination of diagnostic and treatment approaches, including:

  • specialized imaging, to inform diagnosis and personalized management
  • biomarker and patient-reported outcome analysis to further customize management
  • the latest surgical and nonsurgical techniques
  • customized physical therapy regimens

Our experts include specialists from sports medicine, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology, adult orthopaedic joint reconstruction, and physical therapy.

Our Research

At the Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center, we perform clinical studies through NYU Langone’s Musculoskeletal Research Center. Through the Joint Preservation Partnership, we are customizing arthritis care for each patient. 

The Joint Preservation Partnership is a program designed to create a lifelong initiative for the management of arthritic conditions, and to maintain joint function in active individuals, regardless of their age. It unites experts within NYU Langone and beyond in studying, educating, treating, and promoting the preservation of joint function through individualized treatment for each patient. 

To accomplish this, we are using advanced imaging techniques, biomarkers, and therapies intended to modify the disease process. The unifying goal of the Joint Preservation Partnership is to develop tools for identifying the most appropriate treatment for individual patients at each stage of arthritic disease. By improving arthritis treatment one patient at a time, the Partnership aims to reduce the overall medical and socioeconomic burden of arthritis.

Currently, more than 100 ongoing clinical studies are evaluating new approaches to the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Collaborations across specialties enable physical therapy techniques, medications, injectable agents, and new surgical techniques to be compared, and properly used to address each patient’s specific problem. 

Biomarkers are being studied to determine an individual patient’s risk of disease progression, to identify the most appropriate treatment for each patient’s specific problem, and to monitor response to treatment. Useful biomarkers have been found in blood, from advanced MRI scans, and from synovial fluid—the fluid that lubricates and cushions joints. 

Our researchers have also implemented internet-based systems to foster better communication between patients and clinicians, and as tools to study the comparative effectiveness of alternative treatment strategies.

More About Our Center

Our Team

Our skilled physicians provide specialized care for the treatment of conditions of the knee, hip, and shoulder.

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Our Leadership

  • Laith M. Jazrawi, MD
    Co-Director | Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

    Dr. Jazrawi treats patients with all types of orthopaedic sports injuries, including injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and foot. He specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder problems, including rotator cuff repair as well as arthroscopic ligament reconstruction in the knee. In addition, he performs artificial total and partial joint replacement for arthritic disorders.

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  • Richard Iorio, MD
    Co-Director | Orthopaedic Surgery, Hip & Knee Reconstruction

    Dr. Iorio is nationally and internationally known as an expert in joint replacement and arthritis surgery. He has published extensively on orthopaedic workforce issues, economics and the effectiveness of total joint replacement, and outcomes and cost effectiveness of hip fracture treatment.

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  • Jonathan Samuels, MD
    Co-Director | Rheumatology

    Dr. Samuels treats adults with all rheumatologic diseases, including many autoimmune and musculoskeletal syndromes. He uses ultrasound imaging guidance to diagnose musculoskeletal problems and to help perform procedures such as joint injection and aspiration, or removal of synovial fluid.

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    Philip Band, PhD

    Dr. Band is an internationally recognized osteoarthritis researcher, with special expertise in pragmatic clinical research, and in the biological properties of synovial fluid—the lubricating fluid that cushions and protects joints. He was instrumental in the bench-to-bedside development of hyaluronic acid for injection into joints as a biomechanical synovial fluid replacement, and continues to be active in translating basic science research into new products and procedures for musculoskeletal and neurological medicine. He is also at the forefront of developing synovial fluid biomarkers that can help inform joint-specific treatment decisions. Dr. Band has published approximately 60 peer-reviewed publications and is an inventor on 14 issued United States patents.

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