Dr. Chris Peters explains why, after a process of standard treatments and pain medications, getting a hip or knee replacement done sooner rather than later is best.">

Nov 13, 2017 — For aging adults, hip or knee pain can make day-to-day physical activities painful and difficult. On today's Health Minute, orthopedist Dr. Chris Peters explains why, after a process of standard treatments and pain medications, getting a hip or knee replacement done sooner rather than later is best.

Interview

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Interviewer: Now experts say it's better to get a hip or knee replacement sooner rather than later. Dr. Chris Peters, why is that?

Dr. Peters: What we find is that patients who wait too long come to us in what we call a deconditioned state, so we start to see deterioration in other organs. Often, what goes along with that is obesity, weight gain, and many of these things can be reversed.

Interviewer: So when is the right time the get that replacement?

Dr. Peters: The optimum time obviously is individualized for every patient that we see. But if a patient comes to us and they have x-ray or radiographic evidence of arthritis and can describe to us a significant impairment in their life, and they're experiencing significant pain and they've gone through a period of time using the standard medications that people use for pain, such as anti-inflammatories, if they've gone through that process, they're probably ready for a joint replacement.

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