Who Gets Joint Replacement
For years, joint replacement was associated only with the very elderly. And while the frail and elderly among us may indeed require these procedures, a growing number of people --as early as their late 40s and 50s -- are choosing joint replacement.
Today, people are living longer lives than ever and want to stay active as they age. Baby Boomers especially are the first modern generation to have played sports on a wide scale, and maintaining that active lifestyle is a priority for many. Today, both weekend warriors and triathletes alike are looking for ways to improve their quality of life and maintain fitness as they face painful arthritis and wear and tear.
In fact, many experts now encourage qualified patients with serious arthritis and pain to consider joint replacement sooner than later. Catching problems early, before serious disability, yields better outcomes and stronger overall health.
Talk to your doctor if you’re wondering whether joint replacement might be right for you. These resources can help inform your conversation:
- Joint Pain Assessment
- When to have joint replacement
- Choosing an orthopedic surgeon
- Patient stories about joint replacement