Orthopedic damage can be caused suddenly, either as a result of being involved in an accident or through playing sports. In most cases, damage to our joints is caused gradually, simply due to wear and tear on our joints. No matter how or why, the pain and discomfort caused can be considerable and ongoing.
In recent years, considerable developments have been made in orthopedic surgery, particularly joint replacement surgery, which has meant that those who had been vitally confined to a state of permanent invalid status, could literary get up and walk. The greatest use of orthopedic surgery is to cure people who suffer form osteo-arthritis. This form of arthritis will inevitably affect the sufferer’s joints, where years of the using the joints will have caused the cartilage between the joints to wear away entirely. The bones will actually begin to rub against each other, causing great pain and discomfort. Particularly susceptible to arthritis are the “load bearing” joints, such as the ankles, knees and hips, although it can also strike in the elbows and shoulders.
Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis and the pain and discomfort can only be deadened by powerful drugs, with highly volatile and even life threatening long term effects. The only effective treatment for arthritis, also for a variety of other orthopedic problems, is replacement surgery. No self respecting surgeon will tell you that undergoing replacement surgery is a simple procedure, but most cases show that in the long term it is a worthwhile alternative to a life of pain, discomfort and incapacity.
The breakthroughs in joint replacement surgery have placed the possibility of undergoing surgery within the financial reach of many in the past few years. Nowadays, more and more health care plans are including joint replacement surgery as part of their standard cover, dependant on the age and current physical condition of the candidate. For those who are not eligible, or do not have such a policy, then private treatment may well be in their financial reach as the costs of surgery have been reduced dramatically over the last few years, especially for those who are prepared to travel abroad to undergo the procedure. It is very difficult to put a price or a value on the alleviation of pain and discomfort, and whilst arthritis in itself is not life threatening, it might well reduce the sufferer’s quality of life to such a low level, that they will become more susceptible to illnesses and maladies.