Knee Pain- When to consider Knee Replacement as an option

Knee Pain, Knee Replacement Surgery Cost In IndiaCauses of Knee Pain

Knee Pain is caused by either knee injury or degenerative arthritis which affects middle aged and older people such as Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Arthritis can affect walking, sitting, climbing and even lying down and affects the quality of life.

If the pain is debilitating, surgery can bring relief , however the following options must be considered before option for surgery

Oral Pain Relief Medication and Topical Ointments– OTC pain medication such as Advil, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Paracetamol  can help with pain relief for some time. Topical Ointments may also provide short term pain relief.

Corticosteroid injections- Especially hyaluronic acid boost the natural joint fluid  which helps in movement of knees. Affect of cortisone shots may last upto 6 months or a bit more.

Weight loss– Incase you are obese, weight loss can take pressure off the knees and offer relief.

Regular Exercise- helps with muscle strengthening. Our muscles support our knees and strong muscles help with easier movements.

Arthroscopic surgery– A surgeon inserts an endoscope and  flushes the knee and removes cartilage, loose bones etc which maybe causing pain. Recovery is quick and the surgery may delay a  total knee replacement surgery.

Knee Replacement Surgery– During a knee replacement surgery, the damaged knee joint is replaced partially or completely with a new plastic or metal joint.

Although complete recovery and natural movement takes some time, relief lasts often of several years.

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