Total knee or hip replacements, formerly done mostly on people between 60 and 80, are now being done on many active people younger than 60 and, yes, individuals older than 80, who don’t want to lose their mobility.
“Clearly, a fracture of the knee or hip can necessitate joint replacement, as can a tumor in the joint,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Michael Sutton, MD. “However, the majority of total joint replacements are performed on people suffering from osteoarthritis, which is due largely to wear and tear on the joint.”
Two important facts to understand about osteoarthritis are:
1. It can appear gradually over years of using the knee and hip.
2. It cannot be cured. Medications can reduce the pain and swelling. If the person wants to maintain an active lifestyle, at some point a joint replacement will likely be needed.
Some people delay seeking help for years, thinking the pain and limitations are just part of normal aging. While wear-and-tear are part of aging, there’s no need to continue suffering.
Here are 9 signposts that indicate you are quickly approaching a knee or hip joint replacement.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
If you are experiencing 2 or more of these signs, schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic Specialist.