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Joint replacement surgery isn't just for senior citizens anymore. With new minimally invasive procedures and replacement materials that last longer than ever, don't think you have to be "old" to opt for surgery. Instead, make your decision about joint replacement based on your level of pain and how much your injury limits your activity and range of motion.
If you've tried treating the pain or stiffness in your knee, hip or shoulder with medications, physical therapy, injections, or assistive devices and haven't found relief, then surgery could be your best option. When pain keeps you from doing the things you love-whether that's hiking, biking, swimming, or skiing-talk to your doctor about surgical options.
And don't forget to consider how joint replacement can help your overall health. If an injury is keeping you tied to the couch, being sedentary can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease. In some people, joint pain and inactivity can even lead to even depression. So, if you are in your 30s, 40s, or 50s and an injury is affecting your quality of life, now is the time to discuss joint replacement surgery with your physician.
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