HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY & KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY
The latest research is showing that exercise-based “pre hab” with a Physiotherapist can determine whether a specific exercise program can actually have a better outcome.
IS KNEE SURGERY OR HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY THE ANSWER?
Hip and knee pain are common and you may have heard that joint replacement surgery is the answer.
“Wear and tear” is a normal part of ageing, but there are many other causes of joint pain. A joint may ”look bad” on a scan but it cannot confirm where the pain comes from.
Accurate Assessment is Essential
The causes of ongoing pain differ but co-existing pathologies from nerves in the lumbar spine are common. Injuries in the lower limb can cause faulty movement which, treated properly, can resolve the problem and avoid surgery. If there is pain elsewhere in the leg it is critical that the lumbar spine is properly cleared by a physiotherapist.
Joint replacement, despite successes, can also lead to serious complications such as pulmonary embolism, heart attack, vascular injuries, nerve injuries, fractures and dislocations or fatality. (Pulido L et al 2008).
Studies have also shown that persistent pain is common after replacement, affecting up to 50% of patients. (Wylde et al 2010). Longer term studies show similar with 49% still unable to walk unassisted at 12 months.