Joint injuries are common in the athletic field, regardless of the sport.
However, a joint injury doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing. It is possible to repair through total joint replacement surgery.
The most common joints replaced are the knee, hip, and elbow joints, though the shoulder, wrist, and ankle can handle the surgical procedure. It is one of the last resorts that many doctors will use, however if it is used, it is due to medical necessity.
Dr. Irvine will typically recommend total joint replacement in the event that other alternative treatments are not working to heal your injury. A medication is typically prescribed in hopes of easing the pain and symptoms, place you in physical therapy, and alter your daily activities to ease the pain. While these have worked in many instances, it is not always the best route to take.
According to research in 2010, not only is it possible to have total joint replacement surgery safely, but you can continue to play your sport freely. In fact, the researchers were shocked to announce that the participants that engaged in “non-recommended sports actually showed higher knee and function scores” than the ones who didn’t.
Should you get total joint replacement? There are a few signs that you should discuss this with a doctor.
- recurring or persistent joint pain
- stiff or swollen joints
- grating joints
- previous injury to the joint in question
- difficulty climbing in/up and out/down
You can discuss this, and other alternatives, with MO Sports Med. Contact us today!