Here is why you should consider joint replacement for arthritis
Something as simple as typing out this blog while ensuring that the grammar and spellings are correct will require the joints in your fingers to be fit.
Right from sitting to walking, from giving to taking, from eat eating to saying ‘no’ to food, you are putting to use a very efficient part of your body – your joints.
Despite being so important, here’s the thing – your joints are one of the most ignored parts also.
One of the diseases that affects the joints is arthritis. It is inflammation of one or more joint, a disorder which can occur to all genders and different age groups, but the most vulnerable ones are the obese people. Arthritis is accompanied by joint pain and minimal functioning of joints. It can be affected in one joint or many joints.
Types Of Arthritis :
There are two type of arthritis are very common:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
What Could Trigger Arthritis?
The cartilage is a flexible connective tissue between the joints. Any form of injury or infection can lead to arthritis. Other causes include metabolic abnormalities and hereditary factors. Exerting pressure on a particular joint can also lead to wear and tear of the cartilage in the joint.
How Do You Know That You Have Arthritis?
Joint pain, swelling and stiffness are the frequent symptoms of arthritis. The range of actions decreases gradually and also the affected parts of the skin would become red. The other symptoms include:
- Joint tenderness
- Joint warmth
- Locking of the joints
- Loss of flexibility
- Weight loss
- Muscle pain and weakness
So, You Have Arthritis. What Next?
If you happen to have this problem, then the first step is to stop worrying about it. Arthritis can be treated by taking regular medications, undergoing therapeutic sessions and surgery. All these treatments mainly focus on relieving the intensity of pain and smooth functioning of joints.
Medications basically help in decreasing the intensity of the pain and inflammation. The most commonly used ones include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
- Biologic response modifiers
According to the type of arthritis the medication should be taken.
Therapy includes different types of exercises to be followed by the patient to strengthen the muscles in the joints. Regular exercises can keep the joints flexible. Staying active is a key to overcome arthritis in these therapies.
Do You Need A Joint Replacement Surgery?
It’s understandable that the moment you hear the word surgery, there’s a lot of apprehension that’s triggered as a ripple effect. When your doctor suggests something like ‘replacement’, it’s enough to terrorize you.
Now, before you are overcome with fear, please understand one thing: a joint replacement surgery will be suggested by Dr Madhu Thumu only after:
- Proper check-up
- Conclusive diagnostic tests
- If every other form of medication/therapy has failed to bring in corrective measures
Some of the biggest reasons why joint replacement is suggested are:
- Joint repair
- Joint replacement
- Joint fusion
Why Is Joint Replacement Surgery Considered As Best For You?
- Joint Replacement Surgery or joint arthroplasty is done to replace hip joints and knee joints most frequently where the damaged part of the joint needs to be replaced with a new parts. There are many artificial joint products out of which the metal on plastic is most famous which has a metal ball and a plastic linen or a socket.
- Joint replacement surgery is recommended for patients who have adverse joint pain and disability. By doing so it promotes better functioning of the joints, improvement in movement and also it relieves pain.
Thanks to surgery, even patients who are wheelchair bound or immobile, can walk as usual and do other physical activities also it lowers the risks of getting heart failures or attacks which is common among arthritis patients.
It also decreases the stress and depression levels that the patients had undergone before the surgery. Once they undergo the surgery they can perform activities such as walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, water aerobics, biking and so on.
If you have issues with your joints and even booking an appointment with us online is becoming a difficult procedure because of arthritis, then worry not. Dr Madhu Thumu can make that a thing of the past!