Does hip or knee pain keep you from living life to the fullest? If so, it may be time for a joint replacement.
A common misconception is that you should wait to consider a joint replacement until you’re unable to walk. But in most cases, you should start thinking about it much sooner. If you’re wondering if a hip or knee joint replacement is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does severe pain limit my everyday activities?
- Do I experience moderate to severe hip or knee pain while resting?
- Do I have swelling or stiffness of the hip or knee joint that does not improve with rest or medication?
- Am I unable to move at the hip or have difficulty bending or straightening my knee?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions, it’s time to learn more about joint replacements.
Having a good surgical outcome starts with how prepared you are for surgery. Main Line Health helps patients prepare with comprehensive pre- and post-educational seminars taught by an orthopedic nurse navigator. These one-hour classes are offered in-person or online to help patients learn more about the surgical experience and review what happens before, during and after surgery. Patients also find out what they need to do to prepare for their return home. Our surgeons also take time to personally talk with each patient, answer questions and walk them through the process.
Many patients wonder how quickly they’ll be able to return home and get back to everyday activities. It might be sooner than you think. Rehabilitation with a physical or occupational therapist begins the same day as surgery and most people are able to return home within 1-2 days after surgery. Most patients are back doing their everyday activities within 4-6 weeks.
While hip and knee replacements can certainly help improve your quality of life, they are often not the first joint pain solution your doctor will propose. He or she may suggest some non-surgical options, like managing pain through measured medication or physical therapy. You can learn more about the causes of hip and knee pain as well as these non-surgical and surgical treatments at one of Main Line Health’s free hip and knee pain seminars. Main Line Health’s Hip and Knee Pain Seminars are designed to help people learn more about treatments for joint pain, including non-surgical options as well as the latest joint replacement procedures.