Joint Preservation Treatments

At NYU Langone’s Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center, part of NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care, we provide treatment for an array of joint-related conditions.

Conditions We Treat

We treat injuries that affect the following areas of the body.

Knee Conditions

We provide treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as knee sprains, strains, and tears, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, meniscus tears, posterior cruciate ligament injuries, and medial collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament injuries. 

We care for cartilage and meniscus defects, patella instability, osteochondritis dissecans, and other types of knee deformities. 

Hip Conditions

We treat patients with a variety of hip conditions, including osteoarthritis of the hip, hip cartilage injuries, osteonecrosis, dislocation, instability, and hip labral tears.

We also provide treatment for femoral acetabular impingement and other disorders of the acetabulum, developmental and congenital hip dysplasia, snapping hip, and piriformis syndrome, more commonly known as compression of the sciatic nerve near the hip joint.

Shoulder Conditions

We provide treatment for osteoarthritis of the shoulder, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries, and shoulder dislocation and instability. Among the other shoulder conditions we treat are acromioclavcular joint injuries, labral tears, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Multi-Joint Arthritis

We also provide treatment for all inflammatory arthritis conditions affecting more than one joint, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus

Treatments We Offer

At the Joint Preservation and Arthritis Center, we use a range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments to relieve pain and restore joint function without the immediate need for a total joint replacement.

Nonsurgical Treatments

Depending on your particular condition, we may recommend oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, or topical anti-inflammatory gels and creams.

Corticosteroid, or cortisone, is a type of medication that greatly reduces inflammation and can be used to manage a variety of acute and chronic conditions. We perform injections with imaging, such as ultrasound or fluoroscopic guided techniques.

Other options include injecting hyaluronic acid—the substance that cushions and lubricates joints—directly into the joint to help ease pain; platelet rich plasma therapy, which involves using a component of a patient’s own blood to heal damaged parts of the joint; stem cell therapy that delivers a patient’s own stem cells into arthritic or injured joints to provide long-lasting relief from pain; and physical therapy.

Alternative therapies are also available, such as acupuncture and Active Release Techniques® (ART).

Surgical Treatments

If you require surgery, we offer a number of advanced options. These include surgical microfracture, in which tiny holes created in the bone introduce fresh blood and bone marrow to the site of an injury; procedures that transfer healthy cartilage to the site of a damaged or injured joint; meniscus repair and transplantation; a range of surgeries to realign or repair damage to the hip or knee; and total or partial joint replacement when the time is right.