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Depends: Depends on extent of arthritic damage on x-rays, and level of functional disability. If arthritis is already severe on x-rays and in terms of function, then proceeding straight away with replacement is sometimes the smartest approach. If arthritis is mild to moderate, then of course replacement should be last option, after arthritis meds, therapy, bracing, and injectable options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are painful.: A joint replacement is a surgery in which the damaged joint surfaces are replaced. They vary from one joint to another, but all are used to reduce pain and improve function of the joint. They do hurt, nut we now have ways to make the patient comfortable. Please discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Low impact: A joint replacement of the hip or knee can withstand normal day to day activities. High impact activities such as running or jumping will lead to increased wear and potentially premature failure of the prosthesis. Keep your muscles healthy and conditioned via a regular program of low impact activities such as walking, swimming, biking is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Joint replacements sometimes make sounds, but should not be pain. See the surgeon who put it in. ...Read more
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