Self-management for hip and knee problems can reduce the need for extensive surgical procedures; in turn strengthening muscles and tendons and prolonging the time before the need arises for a full joint replacement in the knee or hip. Pain management can be in several forms; your doctor can give you initial care and recommend the type of pain relief suitable for you and to aid your recuperation. Rest and ice or heat can help relieve pain and swelling associated with hip and knee complaints.
Other treatments have been shown to aid the relief of pain, inflammation and swelling in knees and hips before considering the ultimate intervention of joint replacement.
Correct diagnosis can help improve your treatment plan
Understanding the issues you have and how to manage them can reduce pain and discomfort and avoid lengthy rehabilitation from surgery.
- Physiotherapy and exercise can help to strengthen and support muscles tendons and the joint components and can relieve pain when used in conjunction with gentle exercise such as swimming and conventional pain relief medication.
- Custom orthotics may help support your gait and take the pressure off your knees and hips, keeping them aligned to avoid wear and tear.
- There are also complementary and alternative therapies available such as acupuncture, homeopathy and dietary changes you can utilise.
- Weight loss is an important part of joint pain management and can take the stress off your joints, particularly in knees. Conventional surgical techniques such as arthroscopy and osteotomy can be performed to prolong the life of your own joints before replacement is considered.
Considering Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery can bring pain relief and bring back range of motion that has not been experienced in joint damage sufferers for a long time due to their pain and restriction of movement. However, joint replacement is major surgery and the risks need to be taken into consideration.
Know the risks and receive the best advice
Low risks include blood clots and DVT, infections in the joint replacement and loosening of the components or dislocation. There is an additional risk that surgery may not be completely successful and not bring you the movement you expected, however pain relief from the surgery may out weight any potential low risks in patients living with chronic pain.
If you want to learn more about your options for relief from your hip or knee problems, then Mr Rahul Jain can help. With over 25 years of experience, he and his team can ensure you receive the best possible advice and treatment for your problems.