5 Signs it’s Time for a Knee Replacement
The knee joint is one of the important joints in the body. Not only is the knee critical to sitting, standing and walking, it also regularly supports the body’s weight. Since the knee if so often used in movement, and subjected to frequent stress, it is vulnerable to injury. Total knee replacement surgery is sometimes necessary to relieve chronic pain, restore mobility and regain independence.
- Quality of Life
Candidates for total knee replacement are typically those who have to alter their daily activities or avoid those activities, due to pain, swelling, stiffness and/ or mobility issues. Do you miss engaging in physical activities with your grandchildren because of your knee(s)? Total knee replacement surgery can help relieve chronic pain and regain your mobility for the things that truly matter.
Chronic, debilitating pain in the knee that has lasted 3-6 months, and cannot be sufficiently controlled with medication is often an indicator that it is likely time for a knee replacement.
- Alternative Treatments Not Working
Other alternatives of treatment that can be effective for some candidates are injections in the knee-typically with the hormone, Cortisone- when pain and inflammation relief are required. Additionally, many surgeons recommend physical therapy as a pain relief option. When the injections and physical therapy are no longer effective, or required long-term, knee replacement may be recommended.
- Frequent Pain Relief Injections
Initially, Cortisone shots will relieve the pain in the short term. After a while, the arthritis become too much for the shots to handle and the next course of action is potentially a total knee replacement.
- Use of Walking Aide
Many people use a cane or other type of walking aide to ease the stress on the knee. Frequent usage of a walking aide is an indicator it might be time for knee replacement surgery.
If one or more of these five signs sound like your situation, it may be time to consider surgical options for long-term relief. SIH Joint Camp utilizes a team approach composed of orthopaedic surgeons, certified orthopaedic nurses, physical therapist, and occupational therapist specializing in total joint care.
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