Getting a hip or knee joint replacement surgery can be a life-changing decision. A new joint can get you back into the activities you love with less pain and fewer problems than before. However, it’s important to remember that a joint replacement doesn’t just impact you. Having a new joint can significantly change your relationships with others in positive ways. Here are just a few examples to keep in mind.
Spouses and Partners
When you get married, you promise to love each other in sickness and health and for better or for worse. When one partner is dealing with pain because of a bad joint, the “worse” can quickly become obvious. Some report that their partners are grumpy when dealing with chronic pain. Others might want some more assistance around the house or feel like the romance in their lives is no longer there. Although a new hip or knee isn’t the same as couples therapy, it might just prove to be a great first step to making things less complicated in a relationship.
We all know that kids love to be active, whether that means running around New York’s Central Park or spending all day in the sun during an athletic tournament. If you have children or grandchildren of your own, chances are likely that you want to be there for those special moments, and they probably love you for it. Unfortunately, sometimes joint pain can keep you from taking part in the action or even making it to these events. After a joint replacement or repair, the idea of attending might not seem like such a stretch, even if that means sitting or standing for long periods of time or running after them as they play tag. Many patients feel incredible relief after a procedure takes place and are able to get back to enjoying those special moments with reduced difficulty.
As children move out, retirement takes place, and we grow older, the time that we have for fun activities tends to increase. For some of my patients, this means hitting the greens, taking up fun classes and activities, like ballroom dancing and hiking, or spending more time traveling around the globe. Many times, these activities are shared with friends of a similar age. Unfortunately, that age can also come with debilitating hip and knee joint pain. I find it regrettable it when the circumstances prevent individuals from having a chance to mingle with others. If you feel like all your friends are having fun without you, you don’t have to be left out once you have a joint replacement procedure. In fact, several of them might be in the same boat as you and can assist during your healing process.
If your job includes a lot of manual labor, hip or knee pain can be particularly frustrating to deal with. You might feel like you are having trouble completing regular tasks or even holding your coworkers back as they assist you or cover for your work. Pushing through the pain instead of dealing with it through a replacement surgery can be more than annoying. It can also put you in a position where your condition worsens and needs more extensive repair down the line. If you find yourself struggling with chronic pain, the best solution for both you and your work organization might be to face it head on and receive a new joint.
Taking the time to improve your joint health through a replacement can be crucial to living a life that you love. If you have questions about your options, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I would love to help you!