The audience was eager to hear about common causes of joint pain, such as arthritis, and the surgical and non-surgical treatments available. Of course, everyone would love to avoid surgery for an achy knee or hip. Exercise, dietary supplements, physical therapy, and devices such as walkers and canes are all good options to start.

Dr. Guterman explains that if pain persists, everyday activities become limited, stiffness prevents leg movement, or medications create harmful or unwanted side effects, it may be time to consider surgery. Over 600,000 knee replacements and 230,000 hip replacements are performed in the U.S. annually. Approximately 90% of knee replacements and hip replacements last 20 or more years  If surgery is the next step, planning is important for a successful recovery. A hospital stay can be 1-5 days. Some patients return home for physical therapy and others benefit from a rehabilitation center like the Hebrew Home’s post-acute care center.   Here, a team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses will ensure that a new knee or hip is working at maximum ability.

And, isn’t quality of life everyone’s goal when it comes to healthy joints? For more information visit www.smithlifecommunities.org