The Joint Health Program helps people of all ages who have hip, knee, shoulder, or thumb osteoarthritis. The program may be for you if:
You want to avoid joint replacement surgery.
We’ll help you reduce your pain and maximize your function so you can delay -- or even prevent -- the need for joint replacement surgery. Research suggests people with osteoarthritis have less pain and better function -- and may keep osteoarthritis from advancing -- if they:
- Are physically active, strong, and flexible
- Eat a healthy diet and are at a healthy weight
- Sleep well
- Have good pain-coping skills and endure less emotional distress
You want to prepare your body for surgery.
Research also suggests that people who meet the characteristics listed above before joint replacement surgery have less pain and better function after surgery. The Joint Health Program can help you get ready for surgery, so you have the best chances for a good outcome.
You’re not eligible for joint replacement surgery.
If you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for joint replacement surgery, we can help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life using nonsurgical approaches. If you’re not eligible for joint replacement surgery due to diabetes or obesity, our program may help you improve those conditions so you become a candidate for surgery.