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HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS BY ALLISON JARMANNING

JOINT IMPROVEMENTS
1 million

Americans have a hip or knee
replaced each year.

States with the most hip
and knee replacements:

CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA
AND TEXAS
States with the fewest
hip and knee replacements:

More than

ALASKA AND HAWAII

7 million

90%

of knee replacement
patients experience dramatically
decreased pain along
with considerable
improvement in their ability
to perform daily activities.

50%

of Americans older
than 60 are affected by
arthritis of the knee.

Americans have an artificial knee
(4.7 million) or hip (2.5 million).

10 -15 YEARS

is the minimum expected life span for
new joints; some make it longer.

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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orthopedic programs begin with each
patient being fully educated about his or
her procedure prior to surgery, and continue with inpatient rehabilitation therapy,
followed by education and readiness for
recovery at home.
Patients resume therapy after discharge
at the hospitals' outpatient rehabilitation
locations, where they receive education
and follow-up from certified physical
therapists, occupational therapists and
social workers.
We also involve family members as
"coaches," keeping them informed so
they can better guide and motivate their
loved ones as they prepare for continuing
recovery at home.

CALL

Walk This Way
for Quality Care
The teams at our hospitals take pride in providing
exceptional orthopedic
care. For a free orthopedic specialist referral,
call us at 219-836-3477
or 866-836-3477.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY THINKSTOCK

Orthopedic breakthroughs are giving surgeons the ability to perform complex
procedures more easily.
Community Healthcare System surgeons
are using computer-guided surgeries and
minimally invasive techniques with much
smaller incisions and less tissue damage
than in the past for better outcomes.
Physicians are also using advanced durable
materials in artificial joints and are getting
a better fit as manufacturing companies
offer a broader range of sizes and shapes.
In addition, there have been advances in
pain management and physical therapy.
At Community Hospital in Munster,
St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and
St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, our



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