The elderly and the frail would have been a most obvious example. There are of course those with special needs, also categorised as physically challenged. And then there are of course those who have been victims of rather serious accidents that led to joints being badly damaged. But did you know that transgendered men and women are also in line for a joint replacement. The needs of such folks have also come to be recognised on both humane and medical levels.
After the medical assistants and all those serving on the frontlines of the global pandemic, the elderly and the frail are amongst the first recipients to receive their vaccines. They are also favored recipients for joint replacements. Because without these joints, they simply would not be able to function. And their pre-existing joints could be riddled with pain.
Those with special needs probably have to have their joints seen to on a regular basis. Perhaps as a last resort, they would have to be fitted with prosthetic alternatives. Being fitted with new limbs may not always make a positive contribution towards them being able to function in at least a comfortable manner.
Those who have been in serious accidents could have had their limbs so badly damaged that they simply must be replaced. The badly damaged limbs simply cannot be repaired and if left as is could end up crippling them, to say nothing of the pain that this may cause.
Transgendered men and women who are recipients of joint alterations or replacements would usually have focus placed on the hip area. In the case of women, this is to help give them a more rounded, feminine appearance and feel. But the debate continues as to whether this is cosmetic or medically necessary.