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Published on September 30, 2013

An End To Joint Pain

September 30, 2013

If you’re living with joint pain, ask yourself: “How much is pain affecting my quality of life?”

Osteoarthritis is to blame for approximately 27 million American’s joint pain, according to the American College of Rheumatology. The disease attacks cartilage that prevents bones in the hip or knee from rubbing against each other during motion. When cartilage deteriorates, the resulting bone-on-bone contact is painful.

If your joint pain is more of a persistent nuisance than a life-altering problem, speak with your primary care physician or orthopedic surgeon about conservative treatments that might help you find relief, such as:

  • Avoiding pain-inducing activities
  • Participating in physical therapy
  • Taking corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Is it Time to Take the Next Step?

Individuals whose pain worsens despite their trying conservative measures or prevents them from performing activities of daily living might be candidates for joint replacement surgery. During surgery, an orthopedic surgeon replaces damaged joint components with prostheses.

“Nearly every patient at our center wakes up the morning after surgery and reports that his or her arthritic pain is gone,” says Dave Smith, PT, joint care coordinator at Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center. “Patients can manage procedure-related pain by taking acetaminophen, icing the area frequently, and continuing their walking regimens.”

With the help of six to eight weeks of out-patient physical therapy, most patients can begin planning their lives around activities they love instead of pain. 

For more information about the Kish Hospital Joint Center, please call 815.748.2968 or visit www.kishjointcenter.org

According to Dave Smith, PT, joint center coordinator, 99% of patients who have joint replacement surgery at the Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center, report little or no pain during standing or walking six months after the procedure.

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