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How Do You Know if You Need a Joint Replacement?

Apr 26 2024

Sometimes, the signs of joint pain come on subtly. But then, as we grow older, the wear and tear on our joints can lead to bones knocking together, causing stiffness and discomfort.

“Having a joint replaced is a quality of life decision,” Colin Mudrick, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Bon Secours – Tuckahoe Orthopedics, shares. “So, if you have significant pain on a daily basis or find yourself avoiding things that you used to enjoy, it may be time to consider pursuing a new joint, and with it, a new lease on life.”

Luckily, joint replacements, especially hip replacements and knee replacements, are common procedures. And if you lead an active lifestyle, hip or knee replacement surgery may help you resume your favorite activities with reduced pain.

So, how do you know if you need a joint replacement?

Be on the lookout for these signs that you might be a good candidate:

  • Difficulty sleeping: A good night’s sleep is beneficial to your overall health, and good rest also aids in joint pain relief. However, pain that keeps you awake and carries into the night could be a sign to consider a procedure.
  • Difficulty walking and bending the joint: When stairs become a challenge, it may be a sign that anti-inflammatory medications and other pain management options can only give so much relief. Exercise is good for lubricating the joints and decreasing stiffness, but increased pain with the simplest of activities might mean taking the next step.
  • Physical deformity: If your knee appears swollen or bowing in a way that isn’t usual, these could be signs to take action. Don’t wait too long for physical appearances to change for the worse.
  • Cannot complete daily tasks: This comes back to your quality of life and being able to function independently in your daily tasks, such as showering, driving and cooking. If joint pain affects your ability to complete daily tasks, it might be time to consider joint replacement surgery.
  • Arthritis or joint damage: If you have osteoarthritis, advanced arthritis or any significant joint damage, you are most likely in ongoing hip and knee pain. Therefore, you may want to consider getting your knee or hip replaced.

Want to learn more about your joint health? Take our online joint risk assessment today.

Also, learn about orthopedic services we provide at Bon Secours. 

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