Your joints are integral to keeping your body in motion. But when your joint causes you pain, everything you do suffers... playing sports, carrying in the groceries, even simply walking. Know more about how to ease your suffering from joint pain and get you back to your normal daily routine.
WHAT IS KNEE AND HIP REPLACEMENT?
It is a surgical procedure that places a metal and plastic covering on raw, arthritic bone ends. It replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Replacement can eliminate pain and allow you to move easily. For many people who have knee arthritis, it also straightens the leg.
WHO SHOULD HAVE A KNEE OR HIP REPLACEMENT?
When an arthritic knee or hip pain severely limits your ability to walk, work or perform even simple activities, knee or hip replacement should be considered.
IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO REPLACEMENT?
Knee or hip replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. Arthroscopic surgery is not helpful once arthritis is advanced.
Also, it is not likely that anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections will give you the same long-term relief as either knee or hip replacement.
SHOULD MY KNEE OR HIP BE CEMENTED?
Cement has been used for both knee and hip replacements for more than 15 years with generally excellent results and predictable durability. However, this decision will be made according to your individual needs.