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When is a total knee replacement necessary for my arthritis pain?
When is a total knee replacement necessary for my arthritis pain?

By: Dr. Richard Hulsey

Arthritis pain can be debilitating. You know what it’s like to feel the sharp wince halfway up the stairs. Walking, let alone jogging or dancing, is a challenge with how much pain you feel. Maybe you’ve tried a regimen of pain medications and nothing’s worked. Is total knee replacement your final option to relieve your arthritis pain?

Total knee replacements are more common than ever with an estimated 3,000,000 knee replacements to be performed every year by 2030. (AAHKS) Thankfully, there are many non-surgical treatment options to consider before undergoing total knee replacement. Is total knee replacement the best option for your particular condition? That may be the case, but the obvious choice is to consider non-invasive procedures and treatments first.

Non-surgical alternatives for osteoarthritis knee pain

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can help manage osteoarthritis pain in your knee. Losing weight is an excellent way to help reduce arthritis pain by relieving unnecessary pressure. Using a cane to assist you with walking can be a good, short-term solution as well as physical therapy. (Arthritis Research UK) However, one of the most reliable ways to relieve arthritis pain in the knee is through total knee replacement surgery. Nine out of ten knee replacement patients say they would have the same operation again to treat their knee arthritis. (AAHKS)

Is total knee replacement right for me?

In the end, total knee replacement may be the exact treatment option for your specific condition. Some patients who suffer from knee arthritis may be disabled due to pain or mechanical symptoms, such as buckling, popping, or limping. As arthritis worsens, the pain in the localized region can become more severe and start to affect other mechanical functions, such as flexibility throughout your legs.

Our knee specialists at Orthopedic Associates consider all proven and safe treatment options when addressing osteoarthritic pain in the knee region. Total knee replacement has given many people a new lease on life that’s free from arthritic pain. If you are suffering from arthritic pain in your knee, your first step is to schedule an appointment with our Orthopedic Associates team.

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