September 7, 2021
NO! Not at all. Joint replacement decisions should be made based on your pain, function and overall activity level. Pictures do not always correlate to function – meaning someone with a very “bad” x-ray showing bone-on-bone or severe arthritis may have minimal pain and still able to do everything with little to no limitation. Other people may have terrible pain and limitations and only mild arthritis showing up on x-ray at best. We should always treat the person and not the picture.