For example, women are disproportionately affected and disabled by joint diseases such as arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia, according to a report in Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research. In fact, women suffer from severe arthritis at three times the rate of men, and according to a study from the New England Journal of Medicine, are twice as likely to need total joint replacements.
Cindy Goodfellow from Temple, Texas, experienced this inequality firsthand. An active senior with six grandchildren, Goodfellow’s arthritis affected her so severely in her knees that she had trouble performing routine activities.
“Every time I climbed, stood or even sat in one place for a while, the pain was excruciating,” said Goodfellow. “I felt like I was living a part-time life.” She knew that she needed to take action before her pain forced her to miss the things she enjoyed most.
But hundreds of thousands of women are not seeking the treatment they require. While the need for total joint replacement may be greater for women, studies show they are less likely to receive treatment. There are a number of theories why, from relentless schedules to uncertainty about joint replacements themselves.
After consulting with her physician on possible treatments, Goodfellow decided to undergo surgery and receive a Stryker Triathlon
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