Boomers are going bionic, and they want joint replacements to let them do it all

Baby boomers, determined to keep moving no matter what wear and tear and arthritis have wrought, are fueling a surge in joint replacements. Taking advantage of improved artificial joints and surgical methods, aging Americans are getting so many new hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles that orthopedic surgeons are having trouble meeting the demand.

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Resuming Sports after Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement is a successful procedure in the majority of patients with arthritis. It relieves pain and restores the function and alignment of the joint. If you are considering total knee replacement, you should discuss with your surgeon the possibility of participating in physical activities such as sports following surgery.

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Hiring a Caregiver

Whether you need help for yourself or an aging parent, in-home care can lighten your physical and psychological load. But because a home-care aid will be in your private space, and may assist with intimate aspects of everyday life, “you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you choose the right person,” says Karen A. Roberto, PhD, director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

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