Is it Time for a Joint Replacement?
Hip or knee joint replacement surgery is considered the last line of treatment for joint pain. For some people, it’s the only way to alleviate arthritis-related pain that significantly affects daily activities, such as walking up and down stairs, putting on shoes and socks, and getting in and out of a car. If you find yourself unable to perform simple tasks after trying more conservative treatments, it may be time to consider a joint replacement.
To determine if you’re a candidate, most doctors will consider how much you can gain by undergoing the procedure. Your doctor will review your medical history and x-ray the affected joint. If your symptoms are severe and correspond with what is found on the x-ray, your doctor will likely recommend the surgery.