Is It Time for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery may be the answer for your severe aches and pains.

Sure you’ve experienced trouble with your joints, but how do you know if it’s time for joint replacement surgery? To start, ask yourself the following questions, and discuss your situation with your doctor.

Does your joint suffer due to injury, over-use or disease such as arthritis?
Injury, over-use due to age or diseases such as arthritis can cause serious joint damage. If physical therapy and medication don't relieve the pain and if the pain is interfering with daily activities, the best course of treatment may be joint replacement surgery.

Is your joint in question located in your hip or knee?
These joints are among those most commonly affected by arthritis and the natural aging process. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, approximately 773,000 Americans undergo a hip or knee replacement each year.

Do less invasive forms of treatment such as exercise, physical therapy, braces, walking aids and medication no longer provide pain relief?
These treatment options are often a good place to start. However, if they stop providing relief or symptoms worsen, joint replacement surgery may be something to consider.

Is your quality of life lessened by your joint trouble?
Severe joint pain can prevent otherwise able-bodied individuals from enjoying important everyday activities. If your physician determines that the potential benefits offset any risks of surgery, joint replacement may be the advised course of action.

Have you discussed your surgery options with your doctor?
Your physician will do a thorough examination of your joint to determine the cause of the pain. Every non-invasive option will be considered before surgery is determined to be the best course of action. Be sure to find a trusted and experienced joint care specialist.

The Medical Center of Plano's Joint Camp and staff of orthopedic surgeons specialize in musculoskeletal disorders and permanent solutions for joint pain relief. To learn more about joint replacement surgery or Joint Camp at the Medical Center of Plano, visit us online or call 1-855-665-TMCP for a physician referral.

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