Tensions in a marriage may arise due to various factors: money, work, and politics among other reasons. Pain, particularly in the joints, may also contribute to arguments and discord. When you’re not feeling at your best, you’re likely to pass along this negativity.
One physician has recently discovered that reducing this pain through surgery is helping mend relationships. U.S. News and World Report recently reported a study by Dr. Michael Tanzer, Jo Miller chair of orthopaedic research at McGill University Health Center in Montreal. According to Dr. Tanzer, married patients who underwent knee or hip replacement surgery experienced improvement in their relationships with their spouses. Increased mobility and reduced pain contributed to this uplift.
Benefits of Joint Replacement
Regardless of your marital status, chronic joint pain due to illness, aging or injury can affect your social and professional activities. Dealing with daily stiffness and aches makes it difficult to engage in even the simplest tasks, to the point that going out to the movies with friends becomes less enjoyable. Joint arthroplasty uses safe materials to replace faulty joints in your shoulder, knee, or hip.
Depending on your condition, you can experience improved mobility within weeks after a procedure. Patients may resume activities they enjoy about one to two months afterward, with a projected complete recovery by three months. The first step toward a better quality of life, though, begins with talking with your orthopaedic surgeon.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our physicians and therapists are here to provide treatments for joint pain. If you believe you are a candidate for joint replacement, contact us today to learn more about how this procedure can reduce your pain and allow you to resume your favorite pastimes.