It’s a conversation few of us want to have, but it’s imperative to have it. “It” refers to talking to loved ones — often our aging parents — about their health and medical care, including at the end of life. These are some of the most vital topics we should address.
In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery.
Your doctor and health care team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. Never hesitate to ask questions, but what questions should you ask?
Have you ever found yourself looking online to find out what type of illness you may have? Oftentimes these stray searches on the internet end in stress, and could cause you to think your injury or illness is much worse than it really is. Simplify your life and relieve the stress of not knowing what could be wrong with that sore knee of yours by downloading Health eCheck, a free symptom checker app from UMass Memorial Health Care.