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5 Telltale Signs You're Ready for Joint Replacement Surgery

5 Telltale Signs You're Ready for Joint Replacement Surgery

Your body’s joints play a key role in your musculoskeletal function, allowing you to bend and move with ease and flexibility. However, cumulative stress over time, combined with changes related to aging, can limit the functionality of your joints.

At Twin Palm Orthopedics of Ocala, Florida, our team of orthopedic surgeons offers a variety of joint replacement procedures. During joint replacement surgery, worn-out parts of damaged joints are replaced with advanced prosthetics, improving joint function and reducing joint pain.

Undergoing surgical joint replacement isn’t a minor decision. But many who choose it find lasting relief after joint replacement and enjoy years of life with increased mobility and activity. Is it time for you to think about the benefits of joint replacement?

Here are some potential signs that may indicate that surgical joint replacement with Twin Palm Orthopedics could be right for you.

1. Joint pain limits your activities

If joint pain and stiffness become too severe or chronic, it becomes difficult to manage your daily activities. You might find yourself making excuses for why you can’t do the things you used to enjoy or avoiding going out even when you really want to because of concerns about joint pain. 

When pain limits your life, joint replacement surgery might be the solution.

2. Pain doesn’t improve with nonsurgical treatment

Before looking into surgery, our team at Twin Palm Orthopedics might suggest trying nonsurgical interventions like physical therapy, medication management, injection therapy, bracing, and rest.

If these conservative approaches don’t offer enough pain relief, it could be time to consider joint replacement surgery.

3. Stubborn swelling won’t go away

Damaged joints can result in swelling and inflammation around the affected area. Our Twin Palm Orthopedics team may recommend lifestyle changes or medications to address swelling. However, if the problem persists, joint replacement surgery could be the next step in your treatment plan.

4. Underlying conditions impact your joint health

Some chronic health conditions make you more prone to joint pain or damage. If you have a condition, like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or avascular necrosis, you’re more likely to need surgical joint replacement.

Fractures and joint abnormalities can also result in a need for joint replacement surgery.

5. You’re ready to be more active again

Getting older doesn’t have to mean giving up on activities that are important to you. In fact, you need to prioritize getting and staying active! After joint replacement, that hip, knee, or another constantly-painful joint will feel great, freeing you to chase your dreams without discomfort.

To find out if you could be a good candidate for joint arthroscopy, including hip replacement and total or partial knee replacement, contact our team of orthopedic surgeons at Twin Palm Orthopedics. Schedule your initial consultation online, or call now to book your first session with our expert providers.

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