As you age, your joints (particularly the knee, hip and shoulder) can grow stiff, swollen or painful. This pain is often caused by osteoarthritis, when the cartilage that normally cushions your bones begins to break down.
For millions of Americans, total joint replacement is the solution for relief from this pain and discomfort. So how do you know if joint replacement is right for you? Here are three signs it could be:
So what happens during joint replacement surgery? At MultiCare Deaconess Hospital, orthopedic surgeons remove worn-out cartilage and resurface both ends of the joint. The cartilage is replaced with a metal implant that works similarly to your natural joint. Many patients who have their hip, knee or shoulder replaced feel immediate relief after years of aches and pains.
While joint replacement isn't for everyone, it may be right for you. Stop searching and learn more about how we've simplified the joint replacement journey in three steps.