As a result of old age and accidents, your knee may be having swelling, pain and inflexibility. The poor condition of the cartilage in the knee joint makes it painful when you try to move your knee joint thus making everyday activities impossible or painful. If you don’t undergo proper knee pain treatment the condition may worsen making your life very miserable and painful.
Medications, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment etc are the initial treatment options available for such persons in its earlier days of occurrence. If these traditional practices do not yield any satisfactory result, your knee injury doctor may advice you to take surgical procedures like, knee joint replacement which has been found to be successful in 90 % of the cases. In this surgery the damaged parts of your knee are replaced by prosthesis of the joint components under general anesthesia. There are two types of knee joint replacement surgeries in practice today. They are partial knee replacement and total knee replacement. Depending on the severity of the damages caused to your knee joint our knee injury doctor will decide which of these surgeries are suitable for you.
Some important aspects that have to be understood by any person who intends to undergo knee pain treatment are discussed below.
Are you eligible for knee replacement?
A person who is above 50 years of ages and who suffers from acute arthritis is a suitable candidate for knee replacement. Such persons will not be able to stand up or walk due to severe pain causing hindrance to daily activities of life. Similarly patients who have damaged knees as a result of an accident and who are restricted in movement activities are also suitable candidates for this surgical procedure.
What happens during this procedure?
In this surgery held under general anesthesia, your surgeon replaces your damaged shin bone and thigh bone with plastic and metal casing respectively. After completing this procedure the worn out surface of your knee bone is replaced by prostheses implant. Plastic material is used to replace the surface under the knee cap.
What happens after this surgery?
Person who undergoes this surgery is advised to undergo physical therapy as well as occupational therapy for complete recovery. You should also careful and avoid sudden twisting or pivoting of the leg for about 6 weeks after the surgery. Kneeling, squatting etc have to be avoided. Keep your knee straight whenever possible.