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Your movement may be limited, but your options don't have to be. See how other patients conquered their pain and get started on your own journey to recovery.

Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski
Inspirational college coach and DePuy joint recipient.

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"It's not worth living with pain."
"It's not worth living with pain."

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"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.

"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.

"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.

"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.

"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."


People with arthritisarthritisJoint inflammation have trouble flexing their knuckles, including the large ones at the top of the fist or the joints of the hand. These knuckle joints act as hinges between the long bones in the hand and the smaller bones in the fingers.

PainPainAn unpleasant sensation associated with actual or potential tissue damage, and mediated by specific nerve fibe... is the main symptom of arthritisarthritisInflammation of a joint or joints resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness.. This pain first occurs during activity. Usually, once the activity begins the pain is tolerable, but after resting for several minutes the pain and stiffness may increase. Later, when the condition worsens, pain may be present even at rest. In rheumatoid arthritisrheumatoid arthritisGeneralized inflammatory joint disease., the fingers also become deformed as the disease progresses. At the MCP joint, the joints begin to point sideways toward the thumb, pointing the fingers towards the little fingers. This can cause weakness as well as pain and make daily activities difficult.

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