Talking About Sports Injuries and Orthopedic Care Practices

Signs You May Need Joint Replacement Surgery

An ailing joint can come with unbearable pain and make accomplishing everyday activities challenging. If the pain makes your life miserable, it might be time to consider joint replacement. Orthopedists don't have set rules to determine who qualifies for joint replacement treatment because every case is different. However, there are common signs that indicate you may need joint replacement surgery. Read on to find out if a joint replacement could be the solution to your problem. 

You Have Chronic Joint Pain 

Excruciating pain in your joint is an indicator that you may require joint replacement. Here are some ways such pain can manifest:

  • You experienced localized joint pain 

  • You need medication to manage the pain

  • You cannot move around without limping 

  • You have to use a walking stick to climb the stairs

  • Your joints feel extremely sore during and after exercising 

Do you experience most of the manifestations mentioned above? If so, consult your orthopedist for a way forward. Joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged joint surface with suitable implants to get rid of the chronic pain. 

You Experience Mental Exhaustion 

Aside from the obvious physical implications of joint pain, it can also cause your mental wellness to deteriorate. Even with high pain tolerance, you will begin to feel mentally exhausted after experiencing joint pain for years. Joint replacement takes away the burden of experiencing pain almost all the time. 

You Have Stiff Joints 

Stiff knees is another indicator you may need joint replacement. Do you struggle to put on shoes because your knee joint is not flexible? Inflexibility is an indication of severe knee joint injury. The stiffness will likely be accompanied by grinding or clicking.

Joint stiffness can also make lifting or bending your leg difficult. If joint stiffness has been an ongoing problem, make an appointment with your doctor for knee replacement to help you regain joint flexibility. 

You Feel Joint Pain When You're Resting

For most people, joint pain gets elevated with joint use and calmed with rest. So if your hip hurts when you're resting, you should consider joint replacement treatment. Your orthopedist will conduct a physical examination to determine the extent of damage and fix the deformed hip surface to avoid further bone deformation. 

If you experience any of the symptoms discussed above, you don't have to continue struggling with joint pain and inflexibility. Consult your orthopedist to find out if you're a candidate for joint replacement treatment. The surgery replaces the deformed joint surface with suitable implants so you can enjoy joint flexibility without experiencing pain.