Thanks to advancements in technology and medicine we are living longer, active lives and changing how we view aging. People in their 50’s and 60’s are choosing to rev up their engines with travel, exercise, hobbies, and careers that are anything but the slow-paced life of someone their age as little as 30 or 40 years ago. While this change in our society has been a positive one, these active lifestyles raise the amount of wear and tear we put on our bodies and demand much more from our joints, especially major joints like the hips and knees. To someone determined to maintain their mobile freedom, chronic joint pain could look like the end of the activities they love.
Download our free Stem Cell 101 educational report today!
Women have been impacted by chronic joint pain in increasing numbers in recent years and currently make up more than 60% of the joint replacement surgery procedures each year in America. Faced with the choice of maintaining their mobility and joint replacement surgery, women are choosing surgery in overwhelming numbers. Everyone wants to get the most out of life for as long as they can and for someone who has been presented with surgery as their only pathway to doing that, the decision can seem simple. It’s important for women especially to explore alternative options for chronic joint pain relief and make a well-informed decision that fits best with the lifestyle they want.
Age and Joint Replacements
Joint conditions are becoming more prevalent in patients of younger ages. Osteoarthritis, for example, is considered a condition for someone of the advanced age of 65 or more but in recent years that age limit has extended back to patients as young as 18. In a recent publication, The Arthritis Foundation found that the reporting of osteoarthritis in younger patients has been severely underestimated. They estimate that between the ages 18-64, one in every three people have symptoms of the condition. A few things can be responsible for early onset osteoarthritis including a rise in obesity, genetics, and trauma from vehicle accidents or sports injuries but regardless of the cause, early chronic joint pain presents a new issue with navigating treatment of the condition. The number of women between the ages of 45-64 undergoing joint replacement surgery has tripled in recent years, but joint replacement at earlier ages make revision surgery at a later date more likely.
Most prosthetic joints have a lifespan of anywhere from 10-20 years. About 1 in 10 people who undergo joint replacement surgery will end up in revision surgery within ten years of the procedure because of a worn out or misplaced joint. The high number of women opting for
joint replacement at earlier ages could be setting themselves up for invasive surgery or significant chronic pain from a poor performing prosthetic in their 60s or 70s. Major surgery at advanced ages come with higher risks and longer recoveries, and these factors should be
thoroughly considered by any woman in her 40s or 50s considering a joint replacement surgery.
Women and Chronic Pain
There are severe differences in how women and men with chronic pain are treated and the disparities could be playing a significant role in your decision to undergo joint replacement surgery. In a recent study published by Harvard Medical School, women were found to be prescribed sedatives for chronic pain in high numbers where men were more likely to be prescribed pain medication. Men receive treatment for chronic pain faster than women according to data collected from emergency rooms and although women are about 70% of the people suffering from chronic pain, 80% of the pain research studies conducted focus on men and male mice.
When people suffer from severe pain for more prolonged periods their decisions about relief treatment can be altered. Women affected by the chronic pain treatment disparities may find themselves so desperate for relief that the risks and dangers of joint replacement surgery become more acceptable. Women should be aware of the chronic pain treatment inequalities as well as treatment alternatives available. Speaking with a stem cell therapy specialist for a second opinion could open up new opportunities for chronic pain relief that involve focused treatment free from prescription inequality and real relief.
Join our Stem Cell Discussion & Information Facebook Group today!
Joint Replacement Failure in Women
Women have a much higher risk of complications from joint replacement surgery than men. About 30% of women experience complications from their prosthetic within 10-15 years of their surgery. The high rate of joint prosthetic failure in women has been narrowed down to two currently accepted theories. The first is that men put more weight on joints like the hips and knees and take more steps on average than women of the same age. This increased activity correlates to shorter and more effective recoveries after the surgery. Some doctors are attempting to lessen the gap between the success of prosthetics between men and women by prescribing more low-level exercises for women during recovery, but the results of this have yet to show in the average overall failure rates. Another theory for prosthetic joint failure in women is the tendency of women to have sensitivities to the metal joint. Sensitivities to metal can cause significant pain after the joint replacement and are responsible for revision surgeries within the first ten years following the surgery.
There are some manufacturers now offering gender specific prosthetic joints to cater to the needs of the bone structure of women and create more stable replacements, but the failure rate for joint replacements in women is still high enough to warrant thoughtful consideration.
Stem Cell Therapy as a Joint Replacement Alternative
Women looking to maintain their active lifestyle and beat chronic joint pain benefit highly from exploring the benefits of stem cell therapy treatments. Stem cell therapy offers a non-invasive, non-surgical, chronic joint pain relief alternative to joint replacement surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for eliminating chronic joint pain. Stem cell therapy works with your body’s natural healing capabilities to regenerate cartilage, tendon, bone, ligaments and soft tissue to restore joint function. Stem cell therapy reduces chronic inflammation and repairs your body naturally. Before you agree to invasive surgery, take time to talk face to face with a stem cell therapy specialist to discuss your options for pain relief.
Learn More About Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell 101: The Consumer's Guide to Stem Cell Therapy
Learn the 2 main types of stem cell treatments in the United States and
why researchers call stem cell therapy the miracle of the 21st Century!