It’s frustrating when joint pain keeps you from playing your favorite sport. Avid golfers who need total knee or hip replacement often continue playing through the pain, because they’re afraid their game will change. But joint replacement doesn’t mean the end of your favorite sport. In fact, many people return to an active, pain-free life after recovery.
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?
Athletes, like soccer player Jenna Thomas, cower at the mention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Depending on how badly it’s torn, the injury can put an athlete out for an entire season—even Tom Brady had to sit out a season in 2008 because of his ACL injury. Your ACL is one of four ligaments that work to stabilize the knee and is essential in starting to run, turning and stopping quickly. With that said, it’s easy to image that if that ligament fails then things can go wrong quickly.