Understanding When a Joint Becomes More of a Liability Than an Asset

Millions of Americans have arthritis, a condition that causes painful, stiff, and swollen joints. And about one in four people with arthritis report that their pain is severe.

Your joints are an asset as long as they help you move easily through life. But when you have severe arthritis or other degenerative conditions, there’s a point where your joint becomes more of a liability than an asset.

Chris Boone, MD and our orthopedic surgery team are here to help. We specialize in treating hip pain and knee pain — and we’re proud to offer the latest in hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries to our patients.

It could be time to consider joint replacement if…

Joint pain limits your daily activities

You use your hips and your knees for most activities in daily life, whether you’re climbing stairs, standing at the kitchen sink, or taking a walk around the block. Severe arthritis can bring pain that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain your mobility.

Swelling, pain, and stiffness could indicate your joint isn’t working like it should. Pain during or after normal daily activities shouldn’t be ignored, because it could be a sign of joint deterioration. If you find yourself avoiding activities because of hip or knee pain, it’s time to find relief.

Joint pain keeps you up at night

Hip and knee pain can flare with activities like standing or walking, but arthritis and other joint conditions can also cause pain when you’re resting. If joint pain keeps you from falling asleep or wakes you up in the night, it’s a sign that something isn’t right.

You may benefit from joint replacement surgery if joint pain keeps you up at night. You aren’t putting pressure or weight on joints when you’re lying down in bed, and when pain keeps you up, it’s likely time for more advanced treatment.

Joint pain isn’t relieved with conservative treatment

Common nonsurgical treatments for joint pain include: 

Although many people with arthritis and joint pain find that conservative treatments are enough to manage their condition, that isn’t always the case. Exhausting your conservative treatment options with insignificant pain relief is a sign that you could benefit from joint replacement. 

Dr. Boone and our team use the latest in robotic-assisted surgery to remove damaged joints and replace them with durable prosthetics. Many patients are surprised to learn that joint replacement is an effective treatment that actually relieves joint pain, improves mobility, and enhances quality of life.

It’s time to find out if hip or knee replacement could restore your joint to the asset that it used to be. Contact the office nearest you, or request a consultation online today.

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