When pain in your knees or hips keeps you from doing the things you love, it’s time to ask yourself these five questions:
1. Does it hurt when I stand, and/or do I limp when I walk? 2. Have I altered my activities due to pain? 3. Does my knee or hip become swollen with use? 4. Is it hard to bend and straighten my knee, or does my hip feel stiff and sore more often? 5. Do I feel pain which is no longer controlled by medication, physical therapy, and other treatments?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, it’s time to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. “There are many options available today in treating joint problems, and there are many factors to take into account as you consider joint replacement surgery,” says Mindy Markley, administrator for The Orthopaedic Alliance on the Peninsula. “Fortunately for younger people suffering from osteoarthritis or lingering pain in the hips or knees from sports or other injuries, studies show that the latest generations of implants can last more than 20 years.”
A new world awaits! Pain doesn’t have to be constant in your life any longer. At Harrison Medical Center, a team of specially trained or certified orthopaedic nurses, technicians, and rehabilitation therapists provide you with the care and support you need, both before and after surgery. Using a newly developed Joint Replacement Passport Program that engages both you and your caregivers, your goals and milestones are met in a unique and interactive way. “We understand that each step in your journey to recovery is an important one,” says Mindy. “By understanding what your individualized needs and options are, and by participating in your own recovery, the sooner you’re able to get back to doing the things you love.”
Passport to a new you! Learn everything you need to know about hip and knee replacement surgery from a panel of experts at one of several joint replacement seminars scheduled in the New Year. Hosted by Harrison Medical Center and The Orthopaedic Alliance, these seminars will be held throughout Kitsap County. To learn more visit orthopaedics.