Is it Time for Joint Replacement?
Knee and hip injuries don’ have to be major and traumatic for the resulting discomfort to be limiting. Because there is a perception of joint replacement that has circulated for many years; the idea that a hip or knee surgery will require months of rehab and may still not provide the desired improvement, many people who are in a position to benefit from such a surgery remain seated on the sidelines.
We have chosen to focus our attention on the conditions that affect knees and hips. Patients who visit our Paramus, NJ practice can expect to receive personal care that is provided to meet their needs for better function and comfort. If a hip or knee replacement is in order, we will say so. If it is not, we will discuss alternatives. The key is knowing when the time has come. Some of the common indicators may include:
- Daily tasks have become increasingly difficult to perform without assistance. Bending or squatting or other movements are not possible without pain.
- Pain does not fully resolve with rest, medication, or conservative modalities, pain that occurs or persists at all hours, regardless of activity.
- Physical pain and limitations are causing persistent emotional stress. Many patients suffer from excessive irritability or depression as a result of chronic pain.
- Medications provide minimal relief and/or are causing unpleasant side effects.
- Physical exam and imaging indicate significant joint damage or osteoarthritis.
- A sensation or sound of grating occurs in the joint upon movement.
These are just a few of the common symptoms that indicate joint wear that may require surgical intervention. However, this does not necessarily equate to full joint replacement in every situation. Our extensive training in the area of hip and knee repair and replacement enables us to discern the value of each approach, and make recommendations from the most accurate perspective.
Joint functionality is typically assessed using multiple modalities, including a physical exam, x-rays or other imaging, and subjective reporting by the patient. In combination, these diagnostic tests provide us with the information we need to understand the full extent of joint disease and how to treat it.
Do you need more information on hip or knee problems? Call 201-291-4040.
Category: Joint Replacement