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Suffering From Knee or Hip Pain? Learn the Best Time For Joint Replacement Surgery


More than seven million Americans are living with an artificial joint according to recent statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. While hip and knee replacements continue to be the most common procedures, advancements in prosthetics for just about every joint are on the rise. Want to learn more? Check out this guide we’ve created with the help of Dr. Lucian C. Warth, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health. Why replace a joint? One word – arthritis. Arthritis…

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Total joint replacement โ€” not what it used to be.

03/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Many of us know friends or family members who’ve experienced pain and difficulties after total joint replacement. But advancements made over the past several years could change your perceptions. We often think of knee or hip replacement as resulting in a painful, lengthy, and restrictive recovery period. The fact is, today’s procedures are much better tolerated and offer significantly faster recovery times than those performed 10 to 15 years ago. Of course everyone is different, and each…

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Do You Need A New Knee?


If simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs or even just sitting in place or lying down causes knee pain—and medications, exercise and other remedies aren’t providing any relief, it may be time to consider total knee replacement surgery. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, according…

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The Surprising News About Your Arthritic Hands

10/26/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Waiting too long to have a knee or hip replaced sometimes has negative health consequences, including a decline in cardiovascular health. But playing the waiting game may not be such a bad idea when it comes to the fingers and the joints of the hands. It’s true that many patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis benefit from joint replacement or fusion in the joints of the hand—both of which offer relief from pain. Despite the prevalence of arthritis in the hands, these…

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Part II: Nine Things You Need to Know Before Knee Replacement

10/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s been 20 years or more since Rocky Schuh’s father had a knee replacement, but she hasn’t forgotten what happened afterwards. “My Dad’s leg never was right,” she says. “It froze in a bend, and he always blamed the doctor and physical therapist, and would never go back to have the second knee done.” In hindsight, Schuh suspects the real problem was her father’s unwillingness to take responsibility for strengthening his own body after surgery.…

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Part I: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Knee Replacement

09/29/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Not long ago, 68-year-old Rocky (Rosslyn) Schuh had a moment of shock after she found herself running to hit a badminton birdie in a fitness class. “Wait a minute,” she said to herself. “I don’t run.” It’s true that running hadn’t been on her list of activities for decades, due to chronic knee pain and stiffness. Her first symptoms began in her late 20s when she was in an exercise class doing deep knee bends. From then on, Schuh’s knees steadily declined,…

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When (and How) to Get a Second Opinion

07/29/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Deciding whether to have an elective orthopedic surgery is never easy—even when you have the hope of pain relief or the promise of functioning better. But every surgery carries risks, and if for no other reason than that, you may wonder whether you should get a second opinion about a proposed surgery. “I frequently encourage my patients to get another opinion whenever I get a sense they aren’t convinced what I’m telling them is what’s really going on,” says J.…

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Joint Pain

05/07/2015 | Arthritis & RheumatologyOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience pain.   Joint…

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What to expect after hip replacement

04/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Many people delay hip replacement, fearing pain and a temporary loss of independence during recovery. As a physical therapist who helps patients recover from hip replacements and other elective orthopedic surgeries, Patrick Morgan, DPT, says his patients are often surprised that they recover sooner, with better results and less pain than they expected. “There is more space for swelling and inflammation to go in hip replacement than with other joint replacements,” says Morgan, who works…

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4 ways to cope with pain after joint replacement

03/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

When it comes to coping with pain, some people may have a psychological advantage over others. As a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services, Patrick Morgan, DPT, works with patients in the first few days after their orthopedic surgery at Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital. Morgan says everyone deals with pain differently, but based on his experience, there are certain demographics that seem to do better, in part because of the way they think.  Mature women who’ve…

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