Over 45 million Americans suffer from joint pain and are limited when it comes to physical activity. According to U.S. News this number is on the rise, with about 67 million projected to suffer from moderate to severe joint pain by 2030.
Each joint of the body is formed by a series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments where bones come together and provide movement and mechanical support. Pain in joints such as the ankle, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee or shoulder can prevent the body from performing normal, everyday activities. When the surfaces of your joints wear out from arthritis, injury or general wear and tear, the grinding of bone on bone causes pain, swelling and difficulty with simple tasks.
As we age, our cartilage gets worn out and loses the ability to hold as much water. The water in our cartilage works as a shock absorber. As a result, the cartilage progressively becomes more and more damaged. While joint pain is most commonly associated with arthritis, repetitive physical activity and injury can also cause damage or pain. When left untreated, joint pain can become debilitating and cause other areas of your body to compensate.
There are many solutions for joint pain, and one of those just might be minimally invasive joint replacement surgery. In this procedure, the damaged bone and cartilage are removed—from around the ankle, elbow, hip, knee or shoulder—and replaced with metal and plastic prosthetics.
Materials technology has drastically changed success rates. Doctors are now able to better replicate the normal rotation of the ankle, elbow, hip, knee or shoulder. Surgeons use more precise instruments to cut bone and place implants. And, because of minimal tissue damage and a smaller incision, patients typically go home faster, recover more quickly and get back to normal activity sooner.
Find relief from your arthritis or joint pain today by visiting with one of the expert physicians at Bingham Memorial’s Orthopedic Institute. Whether you’re experiencing pain or want to know more about how you can protect your joints, our physicians have the training and expertise to help.
Additionally, if you’ve met your annual insurance deductible, now’s the time to schedule your orthopedic surgery to maximize your 2014 healthcare benefits. Please call for a consultation at (208) 782-2999.