According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, total knee replacement is one of the most successful surgeries in all of medicine. In fact, over 600,000 knee replacements are performed every year in the U.S.
Winter brings colder weather and fun activities, but can present unique circumstances when participating in sports or other outdoor recreation. Slippery ice, snow, or just the cold temperatures can surprisingly result in a wide range of orthopedic injuries from minor sprains and strains to more serious fractures of the hip, knee, or shoulder.
In 1940, Dr. Austin Moore performed the first metallic hip replacement. Eighty years later, more than 450,000 total hip replacements are performed every year in the United States.
As you travel throughout your week, you encounter various signs showing you where to go and sometimes where not to go. For the millions of Americans suffering from knee pain, a sign telling them when to have knee replacement and when not to have knee replacement would be a welcome sight.