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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Link Between Knee Problems, Arthritis and Knee Replacement

Did you know that the knee is the most commonly injured joint in the body? It makes sense when you think about what the knee does - it supports the weight of your body and facilitates movement and walking. So, when it's damaged, you experience symptoms such as moderate to severe pain, the inability to put weight on your knee, stiffness, instability, and swelling.

A variety of factors cause knee problems from sports injury, aging, wear and tear, accidents, and disease. The most common disease of the knee joint is arthritis.

To learn more about non-surgical arthritis treatment options as well as total knee replacement surgery check out our Arthritis Camp on November 6th! The event takes place the first Thursday of every month, refreshments are served, and best of all - the event is completely FREE!

3 Types of Arthritis that Cause Knee Problems
  • Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting about 21 million Americans. It tends to develop as people age and results from overuse of a joint. 
  • Post-Traumatic arthritis can develop in individuals of all ages after a serious knee injury such as a fracture or severe torn ligaments. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most serious and disabling types of arthritis and can affect people of all ages, but most frequently occurs in women over 30 years old.
When the treatment for your knee problems isn't successful in relieving pain, a partial or total knee replacement surgery may be the optimal solution.

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

For many people with arthritis, total knee replacement is the only way to reduce pain, restore function, and improve the quality of life. The surgery involves removing the damaged portion of the knee and replacing it with artificial implants called prosthetics.

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial knee replacement is a good option for patients who have arthritis in one part of the knee or section of the knee joint. During the surgery, your doctor will remove only the bone and tissue that needs to be taken out and replace it with a prosthetic. The rest of the healthy tissue and bone is left alone.

If you're still experiencing pain, consult with a doctor to find out about your options.

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