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When to Consider Joint Replacement

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When to Consider Joint Replacement

When Arthroscopy is a Viable Treatment Option

If you suffer from persistent joint pain, it's normal for you and your orthopedic care team to try non-invasive treatment options to address your symptoms at first. However, it is important to know when to consider surgical intervention for long-lasting relief.

The health experts at Northern Inyo Hospital are here to outline some signs and symptoms that may suggest that you could use a more permanent solution to your orthopedic pain.

You Experience Pain While Resting

For many people living with chronic pain, it’s common to experience issues when doing specific activities and movements. However, you should feel a sense of relief when sitting, lying down, and resting. If you continue to experience flare-ups with inactivity, it is important to bring this to the attention of your orthopedic care team.

You Avoid Everyday Tasks Due to Pain

We use our joints every day for activities from showering to driving and even walking. However, persistent aches and pains can make these simple everyday tasks painful and even unbearable when joint damage continues to progress.

If you find yourself avoiding certain activities because your joint pain is impacting your quality of life, speak with your orthopedic specialist about surgery as an option.

Other Pain Management Options Aren’t Working

When addressing pain affecting your joints, non-invasive treatment options are used first to help you to find some relief. More often than not, this will include a combination of medication therapy, physiotherapy, and steroid injections. While these can provide you with temporary relief from symptoms, they don’t address the root cause of your pain and your condition can worsen over time.

If previous pain-management methods are no longer working for your condition, be sure to discuss joint replacement as an option with your orthopedic care team as it can help you to find some much-needed relief.

Orthopedic Care & Rehabilitation Services in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of orthopedists and rehabilitation specialists takes a holistic approach to care, focusing on you as a whole person rather than specific symptoms or conditions. Whether you’re suffering from aches and pains or mobility issues, we’re here to help improve your quality of life.

For more information about the orthopedic care and rehabilitation services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2605.