Your joints don’t just connect one bone to another; they make it possible for you to move, balance, and stay flexible. When a joint is injured, your body will do its best to repair it. Sometimes, however, a joint is so severely damaged that you will need to completely replace it. Here are some signs that the time has come to replace a joint.
You are experiencing severe joint pain. Joint injuries can cause extreme and even debilitating pain, to the point where it harms your quality of life. In most cases, pain after a joint injury is caused by damage to the cartilage, the tissue which keeps your bones from rubbing against each other. Joints can also be damaged by chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis.
You are having trouble moving. If your joint injury was in your hip or knee, it can make it difficult for you to walk, climb stairs, or sit down. Over time, not using this joint can severely weaken the surrounding muscles, exacerbating the injury. If your joint is making it difficult for you to lead your life, it’s time to consider total joint replacement.
Only part of the joint is damaged. In many cases, a joint is not completely damaged by an injury. Even if this is the case, however, it may be advisable to partly replace the joint. Before making a decision, a physician will X-ray your joint to determine the extent of the damage. If damage is extensive, and if you are considered a good candidate for surgery, the physician may recommend complete joint replacement.
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