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EXERCISE
You don't have to just
accept being in pain.

Are You Ready for

JOINT REPLACEMENT?
Five signs it might be time for surgery to relieve
your joint pain, and three signs it's not

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Most people can delay or avoid surgery if
they first try physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments, says Wayne A. Johnson,
MD, a spokesman for the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
"The key is that you actually had an adequate trial of conservative care," he says.
So how do you know if the time is
finally right? Consider these reasons you
may or may not be ready for joint replacement surgery.

ILLUSTRATION BY STUDIO WARBURTON

The decision to undergo joint replacement surgery is usually months or even years in the
making. Although the procedure is increasingly
successful and common-more than 1 million
Americans replace a knee or hip every year-
surgery is still the last resort.



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