More Than Joint Pain

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More Than Joint Pain

More Than Joint Pain

A staggering one in five adults in the United States has some form of arthritis.1 The most common type, osteoarthritis (OA), is a chronic condition in which joint cartilage breaks down and causes bones to rub against each other, leading to stiffness, pain and loss of joint movement.2 Advanced OA can be treated with joint replacement surgery to help relieve pain and help enable individuals to live full, active lives.3

Joint pain is a tough physical challenge to live with because of the toll it takes on everyday life. Even the simplest activities like climbing a flight of stairs, getting in and out of a car, and walking can cause severe discomfort. Less known are the debilitating emotional, mental and spiritual health side effects that can often leave people feeling helpless and unable to fully engage in their lives and in the lives of others.

DePuy Synthes Companies, a leader in joint reconstruction, is passionate about helping people get back to doing the things they love, before and after joint replacement surgery. In 2014, DePuy Synthes Companies commissioned an online Harris Poll survey to gain deeper insights into patients’ views of living with joint pain.

The survey of 2,626 U.S. adults ages 45-75 conducted online between July and August 2014 found that adults living with OA who have had joint replacement fare better than those who suffer from OA but have not had joint replacement on several aspects of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

  • More adults with joint replacement report that they are satisfied/very satisfied with their quality of sleep (41%) than adults with osteoarthritis who have not had joint replacement (29%)
  • More adults with joint replacement report that they are very good/excellent at being able to manage stress (44%) than adults with osteoarthritis who have not had a joint replacement (32%)
  • More adults with joint replacement say their sense of purpose guides them in their daily life always or almost all of the time (46%) than adults with osteoarthritis who have not had a joint replacement (38%) and those with no osteoarthritis (37%)

Understanding this, DePuy Synthes Companies worked with the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, a leader in energy management, to launch an educational campaign called It’s More Than Joint Pain to show how energy management plays a positive role in the lives of joint pain sufferers. Campaign spokespeople Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach, and Jack Groppel, Ph.D., co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, both treated their severe OA with joint replacement surgery.

“When I was in severe pain my energy was gone and I nearly had to give up coaching,” said Coach K. "Once I had my hips replaced, I got my movement back but, more important, I got my energy and emotion back. I was truly a better person.”

Jack kept a daily journal to help him get through recovery, and later blogged about his journey. “I kept track of each ‘new’ or significant thing I did because I knew these victories would keep me going until I reached my ultimate goal,” he said. "My recovery was about more than getting my physical energy back, it was about getting my purpose back on track so I could be fully engaged with what mattered most in my life.”

DePuy Synthes Companies is proud to help patients lead a more fulfilling life after surgery so they can emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and hope they may have lost after years of living in pain.

More information can be found at www.MoreThanJointPain.com.

About the Survey

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of DePuy Synthes Companies between July 25 and August 19, 2014 among 1,087 U.S. adults ages 45-75 who have not been diagnosed with osteoarthritis; 1,024 U.S. adults ages 45-75 who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, experience OA in their knees and/or hips, and have not had joint replacement surgery; and, 515 U.S. adults ages 45-75 who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, experience OA in their knees and/or hips, have had a knee and/or hip joint replacement, and do not currently experience severe pain in other joints. For a full methodology, including variables used for weighting, please contact Betty Ionescu at 310-309-1006.

1 Arthritis Foundation. What is Arthritis. http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-facts/. Accessed February 2015.

2 Arthritis Foundation. Understanding Arthritis Pain. http://www.arthritis.org/arthritis-facts/understanding-arthritis.php. Accessed February 2015.

3 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00220. Accessed February 2015.

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