Do you suffer from pain every time you take the stairs—or even when you just walk down the block? Sometimes the aches of arthritis are more than just inconvenient. They can keep you from doing the things you love. So what are your options?
In many cases, your joint pain can be treated with conservative methods: pain medication, physical therapy, light exercise, losing weight, and massage. But when those methods haven’t worked, joint replacement may be the answer. Hip and knee replacement are the most common procedures, but the surgery also works for joints such as ankles, shoulders, elbows, and fingers.
Here are some reasons why joint replacement could work for you:
· Conservative treatment hasn’t helped. You’ve tried medication and other remedies, but you’re still in pain.
· Your pain is severe. Your symptoms make it difficult to walk, take the stairs, lift everyday objects, or get out of a chair. You may even feel joint discomfort when you’re at rest.
· You have a joint deformity. If there is a structural problem with your joint, surgery may be the only way to fix it.
· You are in good general health. If you suffer from diabetes or other conditions, your recovery from surgery may be difficult. You doctor can tell you if you are a good candidate.
If you opt for joint replacement surgery, you should expect to be functioning relatively independently after a few weeks, but it may take several months to reach full recovery. Depending on which joint has been replaced, you may need initial help from a cane, crutches, or a walker. You will also likely need physical therapy so you can get used to the new joint. A physical therapist will teach you appropriate exercises to increase your range of motion, strengthen the muscles around the joint, and keep you flexible. After joint replacement, most patients report an improved quality of life.
At North Hills Hospital, our Joint Replacement Center offers a wide range of services, including:
· a pre-operative education session provided by a multi-disciplinary team
· a stream-lined approach to pre-operative testing with a volunteer escort to ensure patients can find their way around the hospital with ease
· a specially trained staff on the surgical unit, where patients enjoy recently renovated, private rooms
· a joint replacement coordinator who serves to meet patient needs before, during, and after the hospital stay
Our comprehensive care helps keep our patients better informed, which leads to outstanding outcomes.
To learn more about joint replacement surgery, contact North Hills Hospital. Serving North Richland Hills and surrounding Northeast Tarrant County, we’re here to get you back on your feet.