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Joint Preservation Specialist

Stephen Fisher, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeons located in Cumming, GA & Buford, GA

Preserving the health of your joints saves you from downtime due to joint pain, avoids the costs and risks of total joint replacement, and, most importantly, helps you stay active and healthy. Stephen Fisher, M.D., offers thorough assessments that evaluate the health of your joints and comprehensive nonsurgical therapies along with appropriate surgical procedures allowing you to delay or avoid the need for joint replacement. If you want to learn how to maintain healthy joints, call the office in Cumming or Buford Georgia, or schedule an appointment online today.

Joint Preservation Q & A

What does joint preservation mean?

Joint preservation focuses on preventing joint damage with therapies that protect the existing healthy tissues, heal injured tissues, slow down progressive degeneration, and maintain optimal joint function.


Dr. Fisher and his team analyze the stress on your joints and how it affects your function and activities; they can take steps to alleviate joint pain and preserve the joint. Dr. Fisher and his team specialize in both nonsurgical therapies and surgical procedures when appropriate that are customized to your age, stage of joint damage, overall health, and activity goals.

What assessments do I need before joint preservation services?

Dr. Fisher and his team begin by reviewing your medical history, discussing your symptoms, and completing a physical examination. They use state-of-the-art technology to perform non-invasive assessments.


Dr. Fisher and the team may perform a gait and motion analysis, evaluating your body’s alignment, posture, and gait. Malalignment in your musculoskeletal systems, poor posture, problems with the way you walk, and coordination problems all place excessive stress on your joints. Joint preservation depends on correcting these problems. 

What therapies might I receive for joint preservation?

The treatment plan that best preserves your joint depends on your comprehensive physical and biomechanical assessments. Depending on the current health of your joints, Dr. Fisher may recommend therapies such as:


  • Corrective biomechanics with orthotics and braces
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Other joint injections including PRP and viscosupplementation
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthobiologics
  • Surgery


If your joint pain persists after your nonsurgical treatment, and you wish to avoid or are not a candidate for joint replacement, a joint preservation surgery may be appropriate. 


Joint preservation surgeries include:

  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures
  • Bioplasty with Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentration (BMAC)
  • Meniscus Transplants and complicated meniscus repair
  • Cartilage Restoration procedures including OATS and MACI
  • Realignment procedures / osteotomies

Dr. Fisher can perform joint preservation surgery to help alleviate pain and improve your quality of life for years to come. 


To learn more about how you can preserve healthy joints, call the offices of Stephen Fisher, M.D., or book an appointment online today.

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