Joint replacement can reduce pain from arthritis

September 26, 2018

Hip and knee replacement surgeries are among the most common medical procedures performed each year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 700,000 knees and 300,000 hips are replaced with implants each year. As members of the huge baby boom generation continue their ascent into their senior years, those numbers will grow significantly.

By 2030 it is predicted there will be almost 3.5 million knee replacements and nearly 600,000 hip replacements annually.

Since the first knee and hip replacement procedures were performed, in 1969 and 1971 respectively, more than 7 million Americans have had one or the other procedure, with those numbers almost twice as high among women (4.7 million) than men (2.5 million).

Most people consider total joint replacement due to osteoarthritis, which affects nearly 14 percent of adults over 25 years old and more than one-third of people over 65 years old.

At CHI Mercy Health’s New Strides Joint Center, we see people every day suffering from the painful effects of arthritis. They come to us looking for relief from painful, stiff joints, and often with simple goals, such as being able to take their grandchildren to the park or play with them on the floor or just being able to walk through the grocery store without pain.

Other, more active, people have more ambitious goals such as being able to jog or golf pain free.

It is the goal of the New Strides joint team to help patients reach their goals, whatever they may be. We accomplish this through a comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach that starts with education and continues through surgery, rehabilitation and getting you back to your favorite activities.

Our local team includes highly qualified orthopedic surgeons, nurses and physical therapists, all of whom have advanced training in the treatment, care and rehabilitation of joint surgery patients.

Throughout the entire process, we use the best evidence-based practices to get our patients on the path to a healthy, pain-free lifestyle as quickly as possible.

To ease the transition back to home, we do encourage patients to designate a family member or friend as their personal coach and provide training to assist them in this process.

Outcomes for New Strides joint-replacement procedures are excellent, with more than 95 percent of our patients able to return home within one to two days following surgery.

With the help of Mercy’s AIM therapists, most patients are able to walk the day of their surgery and return to normal activities in only six to 12 weeks.

If you are among the 20 percent of Americans who live with arthritis, you don’t have to suffer. Roseburg’s joint replacement surgical specialists have performed hundreds of these procedures with highly successful outcomes, and Mercy’s New Strides’ staff members have the same level of experience helping patients regain their best-possible quality of life.

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