Beacon Ortho: Is Joint Replacement For You?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 12:53pm

By Beacon Ortho, news release

There are evaluations, habit changes and perhaps other interventions to use before anyone should agree to joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Johansen with a patient. Photo provided.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Many people know someone who has had joint replacement surgery with great success. Not long ago, that seemed to be an extreme solution to a common problem – damaged joints from overuse or aging. Dr. Matthew A. Johansen from Beacon Orthopaedics is one of the board-certified surgeons who sees local patients. He now performs those surgeries regularly.

When asked about joint replacement surgery, Dr. Johansen was quick to point out that there is not a rush to get to surgery.

He suggests that seeing a specialist when you are experiencing pain is the best first step. “Talk with your doctor to help determine if your pain level warrants surgery,” he said. “And to identify if your inability to perform normal day-to-day activities means you need surgery.” He stressed that leaping to “I need surgery” is not always the best course of care. There are evaluations, habit changes and perhaps other interventions to use before anyone should agree to joint replacement surgery.

Here are just a few of Dr. Johansen’s tips for how to keep joints healthy before considering and agreeing to joint replacement surgery:

Maintaining Proper Weight. Being overweight places extra strain on your weight-bearing joints (e.g. knees, ankles and hips). While it will not replace cartilage, losing even 5% of your body weight can reduce stress on joints.

Exercise Regularly. Staying active can help reduce stiffness in those joints and strong muscles take strain off the joints. Exercise helps stimulate synovial fluid and can provide lubricating nutrients to cartilage that helps loosen joints – and possibly reduce pain. Low-impact activities and aerobic exercise at least three times a week will help patients achieve optimal joint health.

Eat Healthy. Feeding your body properly is always a good tip.

If you have done/are doing all the above and still experience pain, it may be time to discuss options with a medical professional. Some possible recommendations (before considering surgery) might be:

Joint Injections. Injecting cortisone or hyaluronic acid are non-operative options that can help relieve pain for some patients. There may be other regenerative medicine treatments to be considered, given a certain situation.

Medications. Taking anti-inflammatory medication or Tylenol should help reduce symptoms.

Wear a Brace. For some patients, using an unloader knee brace can sometimes effectively shift the weight burden away from the painful side of the knee.

“If these precautionary tactics fail and the joint pain affects daily functioning,” said Dr. Johansen, “then it is time to talk about the surgery.” Accompanied with purposeful physical therapy as part of a recovery plan, joint replacement surgery is a viable way for patients to regain pain-free mobility.

Dr. Johansen sees patients at Beacon Summit Woods, Beacon West, Beacon East, Lawrenceburg, and Northern Kentucky. In addition, all nine Beacon locations are seeing patients. Striving to ensure patient and staff health, Beacon offers Telehealth Video Visits and when seeing patients in person, they are using all approved safety protocols, including temperature checks, masks, hand sanitizing.

Providing a safe environment to diagnose and recommend the next steps for any injury is always the right thing to do. If you need to talk with a medical professional about knee pain, please visit our website to make an appointment or call 513-354-3700 to schedule an appointment.

More from Local Sports


Events

  • Learn the Bagpipes or Highland Drumming

    The 35th Indiana Pipes and Drums are looking for those interested in learning how to play Bagpipes or Highland Drumming. No musical experieance needed, all ages welcome, Come join a fun filled group of people and become part of our family of pipers and drummers.

    at Lawrenceburg Fire Station #2
  • Hillforest House Museum

    Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest opens for tours today and hosts many special events throughout the season. Overlooking the Ohio River in Aurora, the beautiful Hillforest Victorian House Museum was built in 1855 for industrialist Thomas Graff. Its unique shape is said to be inspired by steamboats of the 19th century. The site has been operating as a historic house museum since 1956 and is one of 11 National Historic Landmarks in southern Indiana. Hillforest open NOW…Tuesday - Friday, 11 AM - 3 PM (last tour begins at 2:15 PM) and Saturday and Sunday, 1 - 5 PM (last tour begins at 4:15 PM). (Closed major holidays). Available for special events and teas!

    at Hillforest Victorian House Museum
  • Get WalkIN' with Purdue Extension (DPL)

    Get your fit on with the Purdue Extension Program! Come start your day with our walking group. Wednesdays at 8:30 am Dillsboro Library Registration is recommended. Please call 812-954-4151 to register.

    at Dillsboro Public Library

Lockdown at Greensburg Junior High Following "Loud Bangs"

The lockdown was lifted after a sweep of the school by local police.

Indiana DNR: Deer Hunters Urged to Remember Safety Tips

Deer season begins Saturday, October 1.

Switzerland Co. Stars Highlight ORVC Report for Sept. 19-24

There were plenty of standout performances last week in the ORVC.

IHSAA Boys Tennis Sectional Pairings Announced

Nearly 300 teams will compete in this year's state tournament.

Local Sports Report - September 26, 2022

East Central's boys and girls soccer teams captured EIAC championships on Monday.

On Air

Sweethearts of the Rodeo Midnight Girl/Sunset Town 2:16
Miranda Lambert White Liar 2:12
Frank Ray Country'd Look Good On You 2:09
Shania Twain You Win My Love 2:05