The Getting Back to Giving Back campaign, sponsored by DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction*, is a tribute to patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery and then have gone on to give their time and talents back to those in need in their communities. This campaign salutes those local heroes and hopes to inspire others who are suffering with severe joint pain to seek treatment and get back to the things that matter most to them.
After Duke University basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski underwent joint replacement surgery to treat his severe osteoarthritis, he went on to become the winningest coach in men's college basketball history, coached the 2008 and 2012 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Teams and signed on to return as head coach of the 2016 U.S. National team. He also spent time giving back to others in his community through countless philanthropic endeavors, such as founding the Emily K Center in honor of his mother, whom he describes as the greatest influence in his life. The Emily K Center offers programs for academically focused, low-income students that help them achieve in school, gain entry to college and break the cycle of poverty in their families.
Coach K recently recognized the achievements of other individuals who overcame joint pain to actively contribute to their community as part of the Getting Back to Giving Back educational awareness campaign.
Like Coach K, you’ll be moved by Rebekah, who mentors young girls to help them build self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle; Keith, who despite being a bilateral amputee and hip replacement patient, continues to sail and teaches adaptive sports to those with disabilities; and Gordon, who shares his love of hockey by coaching inner-city youth.
It is estimated that one in every five people in the United States has some form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and often leads to total joint replacement for individuals suffering from severe joint pain.i Unfortunately, those suffering from severe hip or knee pain due to osteoarthritis wait, on average, 7 to 11 years before undergoing joint replacement surgery even when other treatment options are no longer working.ii Yet, joint replacement surgery has helped many people get back to their daily activities, both professionally and personally.
If you’re suffering from severe joint pain, talk to your doctor about whether joint replacement may be an option for you.
i. MMWR 2006;55(40):1089-1092. [Data Source: 2003-2005 NHIS].
ii. DePuy Hip: A&U/Segmentation. Final Report January 2008. Data on fille.
*DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.