How do I know if I need Knee Replacement?
Have you been dealing with chronic knee pain for several months now?
Have you tried over-the-counter medications, exercise, and physical therapy, yet nothing seems to alleviate the pain?
If you have tried everything you can to lessen your knee pain on your own, you may be frustrated and wondering about your next options.
If the simple act of getting out of bed in the morning, climbing a few flights of stairs or going on a brisk walk brings you instant knee pain, you might be concerned and you also may feel like it is just a sign that you are “getting older.”
But chronic knee pain is not normal, and it is not necessarily a sign of getting older.
A total knee replacement could be the saving grace if you are experiencing severe pain, as well as trouble with range of motion, function and stability. But how do you know if the procedure is right for you, and what can you expect?
Knee arthritis affects millions of people each year. It is usually a progressive disease leading to joint pain, stiffness, limitation of activity, and a decrease in the quality of life.
Your knee can be damaged from wear and tear over time, by rheumatoid arthritis, or by an injury. If you are experiencing consistent pain in your daily activities, you should be evaluated by an orthopaedic specialist. Rest, medication, and physical therapy are the first lines of treatment. Those whose cartilage is too worn or with malalignment (incorrect or imperfect alignment), a total knee replacement (knee arthroplasty) may be the best option. Total knee replacement surgery is generally reserved for those over the age of 50, but total knee replacement surgery can also be performed on younger people in special circumstances.
A total knee joint replacement (also known as total knee arthroplasty) is an operation to remove a severely impaired knee joint and replace it with an artificial joint. The aim of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore function to the joint.
When painful, stiff knees do not respond to conservative measures like physical therapy and medication, you need a more permanent solution.