While the rest of you are cracking nuts this Christmas, is there one member of your family who just can’t resist cracking their joints? Sometimes the people around them are full of dire warnings about the consequence of joint cracking, but are they right?
Following on from last week’s article where we compared the Posterior and the Direct Anterior approaches to hip replacement, we now discuss important information about how best to take care of yourself post-surgery, both in hospital and when you are recovering at home. It is also important to understand any complications following surgery so you can reduce your risk, as well as understand ways you can help speed up your recovery.
Following on from last week’s article regarding approaches to hip replacement, we now take a look in more detail at two different hip replacement approaches.The Posterior approach is the most commonly executed hip replacement surgery in the UK, accessing the joint from the back. The Direct Anterior approach (DAA) is less common with the surgeon accessing the joint from the front. DAA is becoming more widely recognised for it’s shorter recovery times and muscle preservation.
If you have been taking pain-killers to help you manage chronic pain, this can cause wider risks to your health, including in some cases an increased risk of heart attack. It is vital to explore options that diagnose the underlying cause of the pain, rather than just masking a problem and hoping it will go away. Read more about the risks of pain-killers, even when taking in the short-term, and how to seek effective help to treat chronic orthopaedic-related pain.