Am I a Candidate?
If your answer is yes to the any of these questions, you might be suffering from arthritis-a degenerative joint disease, and you may be a candidate for a joint replacement procedure. It is caused by eventual loss of cartilage lining the joints. Arthritis may cause pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and deformity of the joint and limit your range of motion. Arthritis may be treated by a total joint replacement where the damaged cartilage is removed and a new artificial implant or prosthesis is placed. Consult your physician for your best options.
- Do you have pain in your knees, hips or shoulders?
- Is the pain restricting your daily activities?
- Is the pain not relieved by taking medications?
- Do you have a swollen knee?
- Do you limp while walking?
- Does the pain makes you stop when you walk more than a few blocks?
- Are you having pain when lying or sitting down?
- Are you getting pain for about 3 to 4 days per week?
- Do your knees hurt when climbing or descending stairs?
- Do you feel pain when walking for long time?
- Does the pain disturb your sleep?
- Do you find it difficult to put your socks and shoes?
- Do you have a sensation of instability when you are physically active?
- Do you utilize crutches, cranes or walkers to help you while walking?
- Do you experience a tightness or limited range of hip motion?