Have knee pain? It’s common. About 18 percent of adults report they’ve had knee pain over the past month.
Fortunately, there are several pain-relief treatments you can try. Depending on the reasons for our knee pain, your treatment may include:
If you have knee pain that doesn’t go away after these treatments, visit with your health care clinician. You may be referred to an orthopedic specialist for an assessment.
Your specialist may recommend a surgical knee replacement. These procedures include partial or total knee replacement (TKR). They may be appropriate if your pain is affecting your daily lifestyle.
A common reason people have knee replacement surgery is pain caused by osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joints. Cartilage is the tough, flexible tissue that covers the ends of the bones in your joints. When the cartilage wears down, bones can rub together. This rubbing can cause chronic pain.
If you’re considering partial or total knee replacement, here are some of the key benefits.
Both procedures allow patients to return to many of the activities they enjoyed before the knee pain started.
Partial Knee Replacement
Total Knee Replacement
Knee implants last more than 20 years 90% of the time. After that, a revision knee replacement, or restoration, may need to be done to repair wear to the joint, but this is only done in about 10% of replacements.
Successful knee replacements start before patients and surgeons enter the operating room.
The best results occur when patients are in good health, have positive attitudes toward the procedure and realistic expectations about the work needed for them to recover after the surgery.
Before the procedure, we’ll ask patients to:
After a knee replacement, it will take some time to return to “normal.” The amount of time will vary depending on the extent of your knee problems and the procedure you have. Your surgeon can give you a good estimate of the recovery time and can answer questions you have about ways you can improve your chances for recovery success.
To take your next step toward knee pain relief, see your health care clinician. Discuss the treatments that might work for you and if orthopedic care is right for you.
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