Joint Pain Treatment for Boomers & Seniors

How Do You Know When It’s Time for Joint Replacement?


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An ailing knee or a hip can make life miserable. Even if your doctor recommends replacement surgery, you should carefully weigh the risks and benefits before deciding to go forward with this major surgery. Significant rehabilitation and a commitment on your part to follow doctor and therapist directions is key to get back on your feet.

The most important factor in choosing to have a knee or hip replaced is how much it hurts and how much it is affecting your life. Consider the following to help in determining if it's time for replacement surgery:
  • It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to complete routine daily tasks without help.
  • You have significant pain, that may keep you awake at night despite the use of medications or pain that keeps you from being able to walk or bend over, isn't relieved by rest, or isn't helped by non-surgical approaches.
  • Your doctor says that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
  • You have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • You are suffering severe side effects from the medications for your painful knee or hip.
  • Tests show advanced arthritis or significant joint damage.
  • Finding the right surgeon and hospital can make a big difference in the success of your surgery. In general, you're likely to have a better result and fewer complications if your surgeon performs the operation on a routine basis and operates in a hospital where replacements are routinely done.

    If it's clear that joint replacement is a good choice, below are some questions to help you decide whether a particular surgeon is right for you:

  • Is the surgeon board-certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained?
  • How often do you perform this surgery?
  • What kind of results would you expect for someone in my condition?
  • Do you have any patients I can speak to regarding their experience?
  • What complications occur most frequently, and how are these dealt with?
  • Do you recommend a particular physical therapist or rehabilitation center?


  • Meet Dr. Ralph Rizk

    Dr. Ralph Rizk is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who treats adults and children. He specializes in hip and knee reconstruction/replacement, as well as surgical treatment of shoulder, hand, foot & ankle conditions. He also has extensive training in PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and stem cells.

    He completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Drexel University College of Medicine/Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. During his fellowship, he received extensive training in the most advanced surgical techniques, including robotic hip (anterior approach) and knee replacement – training under the pioneers of robotic surgery – as well as multimodal pain management to decrease patient pain and discomfort after surgery, leading to faster recovery.

    Equally as important, Dr. Rizk possesses the character and compassion needed to ensure the Heekin Clinic continues to deliver a superior patient experience. Dr. Rizk was raised in Jacksonville, FL. He attended The Bolles School during his elementary and high school years. He graduated at the top of his class at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science.

    He pursued his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL and completed his orthopaedic training at Largo Medical Center-NSU COM in Largo, FL. He then went on to complete his fellowship training at the prestigious Drexel University College of Medicine/Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. During his fellowship, he received extensive training in robotic hip and knee replacement, along with various surgical approaches to the hip, including the direct anterior approach – training under the pioneers of robotic surgery, and direct anterior approach hip surgery, in the state of Pennsylvania. He participated in the most up-to-date surgical techniques in hip and knee replacement, including multimodal pain management to decrease patient pain and discomfort after surgery, leading to faster recovery.

    At the Heekin Clinic you’ll have a one-on-one relationship with one of Florida’s top orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Ralph Rizk. A fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who treats adults and children, he specializes in hip and knee reconstruction/replacement, as well as surgical treatment of shoulder, hand, foot & ankle conditions. Dr. Rizk utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques, including robotic hip (anterior approach) and knee replacement, as well as multimodal pain management to decrease patient pain and discomfort after surgery, leading to faster recovery.

    Our surgical or non-surgical orthopedic treatments focus on: knowing your needs, easing your pain, and getting you moving again.

    Working alongside Dr. Rizk is a caring and professional staff that ensures each visit moves you toward your best outcome. We recognize that a friendly smile along the way can help ease the pain, too.

    Heekin Clinic is located at 2 Shircliff Way #605, Jacksonville, FL 32204
    and can be reached at 904-328-5979.

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