When Should Knee Replacement Surgery Be Considered?
Arthritis imamamas a disease process in which joint tissues become inflamed and the cushion of cartilage lining the ends of the bones begins to deteriorate. As the cartilage becomes thinner, the symptoms progress. The joint becomes painful to move, and the supporting muscles gradually become weaker.
A variety of conservative treatments can slow or manage the symptoms of this condition. Some patients do very well with conservative treatments, and never have to confront the possibility of surgery. For others, the disease gradually becomes less responsive to conservative treatments, and increasing joint limitations take a toll on quality of life.
There is no hard and fast rule about when it’s time to consider a knee replacement. However, it’s good to know the symptoms that indicate it may be time to sit down with your orthopedic surgeon and consider a knee replacement.
- Nonsurgical interventions including physical therapy and medication no longer control your pain.
- Knee pain prevents you from sleeping.
- Activities like climbing stairs, walking, and getting in and out of chairs and bathtubs become difficult.
- You experience aching in your knee, followed by periods of relative relief.
- Extensive use of your knee triggers pain.
- Your knee is stiff or swollen following periods of inactivity or rest.
- Humid or rainy weather increases your knee pain.
- Your mobility has decreased to the point that it is affecting your ability to perform normal activities.
- You feel a grating sensation in your knee joint.