Back pain is a major problem, resulting in time lost from work, lost revenue and a diminished quality of life. Back pain is categorized as acute or chronic. Acute pain usually lasts only six weeks. When back pain continues for more than six weeks, it is considered chronic. During this time, the individual will create new muscle patterns that compensate and circumvent the weak and painful area.
Caregivers play an essential role in the lives of people having joint replacement surgery. As a caregiver, you can facilitate conversations with the doctor, help make decisions, and lend a hand during the recuperation period. Because caring for someone who has had joint replacement surgery can be taxing on you, it’s important that you don’t forget to take care of yourself during this time, too.
Caregiver stress is a daily fact of life for many caregivers. Caregiving often takes a great deal of time, effort, and work. Many caregivers struggle to balance their lives including full-time jobs and caring for children.1
As a caregiver, you may find it helpful to understand a little about how the joint you'll be caring for works, and about the specific joint replacement surgery. There are several ways to learn about what will be happening, and these articles are a great place to start: