Having a healthy knee is important. Over a lifetime there is a cumulative wear and tear on our knee joints. Chronic knee pain can continue to progress and cause many issues with a person’s walking or everyday activities. Considering total knee replacement is a big decision for many people. A person should consult with a doctor if a total knee replacement is a good option to improve their knee pain.
Who is eligible for a Total Knee Replacement?
Indications for a total knee replacement include:
Intractable knee pain
Walking, going up stairs, getting out of a chair is painful
Knee pain during sleep
Bone or joint deformity
Chronic irritation or inflammation to the knee
What are the causes of knee pain and disability?
Arthritis and general deterioration with aging are the most common causes of a knee disability that require a total knee replacement. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis are just a few of the common causes of knee degeneration. These conditions usually cause a degeneration in the knee joint that results in a bone on bone joint deformity. About 90% of the candidates who receive a total knee replacement experience a significant decrease in overall knee pain after the procedure.
What are Common Treatments for Total Knee Replacements?
The most common preventative and post-operative rehabilitation is physical therapy. Performing physical therapy even before surgery can vastly improve outcomes and can increase performance after surgery. F.I.T. physical therapy can help improve range of motion, strength, stability, balance, and overall function.
New Patients are Always Welcome!
The doctors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic in Overland Park & Shawnee, Kansas and Lees Summit, Missouri are here to help lessen and relieve knee pain and provide the proper rehabilitation after surgery. Do not hesitate; contact us today for leading evidence-based assessments and treatments for your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.