Know Before You Go: Myths and Facts About Bone and Joint Conditions

March 7, 2011

5 Star Orthopedic Surgery - 2011

Board certified Orthopedic Surgeon Aniefiok Uyoe, MD, helps differentiate fact from fiction about bone and joint conditions:

MYTH: A fracture is mild, but broken bones are a serious injury.

FACT: Fractures and breaks are actually exactly the same and refer to identical medical conditions in the bone.

MYTH: Bones and joints don’t grow or change after adulthood.

FACT: Bones are regenerative tissues that constantly remodel themselves. Dr. Uyoe elaborated, “When stress is applied to one part of a bone, it gets thicker. When the stress is relieved, it gets thinner. A good example of this is that many patients having pain in one joint will compensate their stride in a way that puts added pressure on the non-painful joint. This results in pain in one joint being transferred to the other. But when the original condition is corrected through medical intervention, the other joint will correct itself naturally.”

“In my experience, myths about orthopedic conditions and treatments are extremely pervasive. My biggest suggestion to people who are seeking answers is this: don’t believe the hype! There’s nothing wrong with asking advice of your friends and family, but any medical decision should also include thorough research and a discussion of your condition with a qualified medical professional who can help you separate myth from reality and make the best decision for your health.”

Aniefiok Uyoe, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Floyd Memorial Orthopedic Group

MYTH: Joint replacement implants are only good for 10 years.

FACT: Orthopedic technologies have made huge strides in recent years. While traditional replacements typically had a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, today’s implants are much more sophisticated, and many studies have predicted that they should last anywhere from 25 to 30 years.

MYTH: Joint replacement is a last resort that should be put off for as long as possible, especially in younger patients.

FACT: The rule of thumb for when to have a joint replacement is when no other treatment adequately relieves your pain. Dr. Uyoe explained, “It’s not healthy to live with pain. People who are in pain tend to become more sedentary, resulting in weight gain, impaired cardiovascular health, and decreased quality of life. When conservative treatments fail and physical activity becomes difficult, joint replacement surgery should be strongly considered no matter what your age.”

MYTH: You can’t be active after joint replacement surgery.

FACT: Joint replacement actually keeps patients active. “The purpose of joint replacement is to allow activity without pain,” added Dr. Uyoe. I encourage patients to engage in low-impact activities such as cycling, swimming and walking, as often as possible after surgery.”

Free Joint Pain Screening
Saturday, April 9, 7 am-Noon

Floyd Memorial will host a free joint pain screening of knees, hips and shoulders including X-rays and consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. You’ll also get an opportunity to meet the team of experts who will work with you every step of the way before and after your surgery. Space is limited and appointments are required. Screenings will take place at the Floyd Memorial Wound Healing Center. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) to register.