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New Tool Helps You Understand Your Options for Joint Pain

Jun 4 2024

For many Americans, joint pain feels like an inevitable part of life. But what if it doesn’t have to be?

New studies show that a staggering 90 percent of osteoarthritis sufferers could vastly improve their quality of life with a knee replacement.

Here’s the problem: Fear of surgery and the misconception that replacements need to be redone frequently often lead people to delay seeking help. Gregory P Carozza, DO, with Mercy Health – Springfield Orthopaedics says, “While patients wait for the ‘right time,’ they could be living with unnecessary pain that significantly impacts their daily activities.”

Osteoarthritis, the most common cause of chronic joint pain, affects more than 30 million adults in the U.S. Age, injuries, genetics and weight can all contribute to this breakdown of joint cartilage. There’s no cure, but treatments like physical therapy, medication and even surgery can manage the pain and improve mobility.

While joint replacements are most common between ages 60 and 80, the decision ultimately depends on your individual pain level and disability. Dr. Carozza emphasizes the importance of regular doctor visits to avoid self-diagnosing your pain.

Here’s some good news: Mercy Health offers a new online tool to help you understand your joint pain and explore treatment options.

This risk assessment considers your unique circumstances and asks questions about your daily activities and pain levels. Based on your answers, you’ll receive personalized recommendations that may include self-care tips, lifestyle changes or even a referral for further evaluation.

The tool is completely confidential and doesn’t require follow-up from Mercy Health unless you request it.

Remember, you don’t have to live with joint pain. Take the first step towards a more active life.

Want to learn more about your joint health? Take our online joint risk assessment today.

Also, learn about orthopedic services we provide at Mercy Health.

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