Are you facing an upcoming surgery? Is the idea of your surgery so intimidating that’s hard to think about anything else? That’s an understandable reaction.
Having surgery is a daunting prospect for anyone, so you aren’t alone in having some fears or concerns. Knowing about your surgery far in advance might make you nervous or cause you to dread the day.
Instead of filling the days or weeks leading up to your surgery with fear, why not use those weeks to prepare yourself for your recovery period? You can also spend that time getting ready for surgery — both physically and psychologically.
The idea of preparing your house for post-surgery life is a good one because you might need to make certain modifications in the home. But the psychological preparation is equally if not more important. Your attitude plays an enormous role during your recovery period, and the right preparation can help you develop that attitude.
Science backs this idea up. More than 200 research studies conducted over the past 30 years showed that patients who did some serious psychological preparation before their surgery experienced a whole range of benefits that set them far ahead of the patients who hadn’t done any preparation.
Anyone who has ever experienced back pain knows how debilitating it can be. In a survey on low back pain the American Physical Therapy Association found:
- 39 percent of adults say low back pain has affected their daily lives
- 38 percent of adults say low back pain has affected their ability to exercise
- 37 percent of adults say low back pain has affected their ability to sleep
The majority of low back pain cases, approximately 90 percent, resolve within six weeks, seven percent of cases do become a chronic issue, according to The Good Body. Before you start worrying about starting regular medication, remember that there are simple back pain management options you can try at home. Learn more about what causes back pain and what you can do to manage your symptoms with our guide to pain management for back pain.
Every year, people miss nearly 150 million days of work as a result of chronic lower back pain. It’s estimated that back pain affects about 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives. About 25 percent of adults reported feeling back pain at some time in the past three months.
Usually, treating back pain involves physical therapy, medications and exercise. But in more severe cases, surgery and the placement of spinal implants might be necessary. Spinal implants aren’t the right choice for everyone with back pain, but they can be an ideal option for some.
Hip joint replacement surgery has become much more common in the past decade. This is due in large part to advances in surgical methods and implant equipment that have increased the longevity of replacement joints and the odds of a successful surgery. As a result, thousands of patients, 48 percent of whom are over the age of 65, undergo hip replacement surgery each year in the United States.
Most patients opt for hip replacement surgery to get relief from the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis, injuries or other bone problems. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that 95 percent of patients who undergo total hip joint replacement experience relief of the hip pain that prompted them to have the surgery. Along with pain relief and greater mobility, hip replacement surgery also yields other positive results. Most patients who undergo hip replacement see a noticeable difference in their activity level and quality of life after having the procedure.
Arthritis, which is a broad category of joint diseases and conditions that cause joint pain, is the foremost cause of disability in the United States. Around 50 million adults, as well as 300,000 children, have some form of the condition.
The treatment for arthritis depends on the type of condition and the severity of the symptoms. Pain reducing and anti-inflammatory medications are often used to manage symptoms. Many people also try physical therapy, changes in diet and exercise habits and alternative therapies such as acupuncture. In cases where these less aggressive treatments don’t help, some people opt for surgeries such as joint repair, joint fusion and joint replacement.