If you have persistent joint pain, getting treatment may not have been a priority for you during this stressful time; however, delaying treatment will only worsen joint problems. We all have loved ones who need us in their lives – those who rely on us and who can’t wait until we can all safely gather together again once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided. Getting treatment for your joint pain can help ensure you’re healthy and available to begin reconnecting with your loved ones.
Chronic Joint Pain is a Common Problem for Americans
If you’re struggling with pain in your knee, hip, shoulder or hand, you’re not alone? Orthopedic issues are the most common reason people seek medical attention. In fact, one in every seven Americans has had an orthopedic problem.
Although millions of Americans suffer from chronic joint pain, nearly 84 percent of all orthopedic procedures are expected to be delayed, postponed or canceled due to COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, many people have had to delay procedures including:
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Shoulder and rotator cuff surgery
- ACL surgery
- Hand surgery
- Wrist surgery
Total Joint Replacement: A Safe, Successful Procedure
Total joint replacement, also called total joint arthroplasty (TJA), is among the most common and successful surgeries performed today. During this procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged or arthritic joint and replaces it with a metal, plastic or ceramic prosthetic joint.
Surgeons perform nearly one million total joint arthroplasty procedures in the United States annually, giving patients years of pain relief and restored mobility. According to a 2019 study published in The Lancet, 82 percent of knee replacements still function after 25 years.
Do Not Delay Your Orthopedic Procedure
Make your joint health a priority so you can enjoy reconnecting with your family. If your surgery center had to cancel your hip, knee or shoulder replacement or hand or wrist surgery, this could be the ideal time to reschedule your procedure. Your surgery center may have shortened hours, but you can still call the office to schedule a surgery, speak to a nurse or leave a message for your doctor.
You don’t have to continue to live with joint pain. Call an orthopedic specialist to schedule an appointment today and begin your journey toward relief!