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Is it Time for a Joint Replacement?
As we age, so do our joints. This aging process results in aching, creaking, and popping in the shoulders, knees, and hips. Fortunately, advances in technology have made joint replacement surgeries more successful and less invasive than ever before, allowing patients to get back to life quickly and safely.
Consider Your Options – If joint pain is affecting your lifestyle, consider the following:
Before Surgery – You can take a number of steps to care for your joints before resorting to surgery. Weight loss, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and exercise (such as water aerobics) are a few things you can try to find relief, although sometimes with these methods the pain may return after a short time.
Choosing Long-Term Relief – If you’ve tried all of the conservative treatments and nothing seems to help, you may be an ideal candidate for joint replacement. Through joint replacement, many patients have regained their mobility, enabling them to once again play musical instruments, go bowling, play golf, water ski, and perform various other activities that were not possible with their damaged joints. The proper time to undergo joint replacement surgery varies from person to person. Ultimately, however, the decision to move forward depends on a person’s desire to regain normal daily function.
Knowing When the Time is Right – If you experience the following, it may be time to discuss joint replacement surgery options with your physician:
• Pain during activity
• Inability to accomplish ordinary tasks
• Pain at night
• Gradual decrease in activity because of pain
CTH Joint Replacement Surgeries – Carson Tahoe Health offers a wide range of joint replacement surgeries, including total knee replacement–a state-of-the-art procedure that can offer knee pain sufferers a chance at relief. Joint replacement can get you back to living life. If you’re tired of your joints keeping you from doing the things you love, consider trading them in for new and improved joints.
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