Medically reviewed by Michael Sutton, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon
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:
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
Take these quick 4-question quizzes can help you understand if you need a total joint replacement:
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Sources include: McLeod Health, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons, Centers for Medicare Services, National Institutes of Health, Harvard Medical School, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.