3 Signs That Knee Replacement Surgery Is Likely Your Best Option

Your knees are the largest joints in your body, which makes sense given all that they’re responsible for in terms of support, mobility, and range of motion. But this enormous workload can take its toll, wearing down the joint to the point where it causes considerable pain and limits your ability to get around. 

While there are many options to fight back against knee pain and limited use, many have found great success with knee replacement surgery. In fact, there are between 600,000 and 700,000 total knee replacements performed each year in the United States and 90% of these patients report a significant reduction in pain.

At Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in knee pain, among a wide range of other orthopedic issues. For our patients who struggle with knee pain, we offer many different solutions, including knee replacement surgery.

To determine whether you might be a good candidate, here are three signs that knee replacement surgery may be your best option.

No relief from the pain

The primary goal behind any orthopedic procedure is to alleviate your pain and restore your mobility, greatly improving your quality of life. If you’ve spent years battling knee pain, usually at the hands of osteoarthritis, and the discomfort persists despite your every effort, it may be time for a replacement.

But only you know your threshold when it comes to pain, so the choice is really an individual one. We do recommend that you try more conservative options to relieve your pain before jumping into surgery, which brings us to our next point.

Exhausted your options

Surgery is a big step, and we prefer that our patients exhaust their treatment options before turning to knee replacement surgery. And there are plenty of options. At our practice, we offer everything from regenerative medicine, such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cell therapies, to physical therapy.

To help you cope with the immediate pain and inflammation, we offer injection therapies and medications, which allow us to work on the underlying cause in more comfort. Oftentimes, physical therapy can make a big difference in strengthening the support tissues around your knee to take the pressure off the joint itself.

But if you’ve done the work to no avail, it may be time for knee replacement surgery, which can put a halt, once and for all, to your knee pain.

Being active is important

While we all want to be able to move without pain, if your active lifestyle is important to you, a knee replacement surgery may be the best way to achieve these goals, especially if you’re already physically fit. Knee replacement surgery has a notable success rate in returning people to a more active lifestyle, which benefits all areas of their health.

Of course, knee replacement surgery isn’t reserved for the more athletic among us, but surgical outcomes often increase the healthier you are.

If you’d like to learn more about whether knee replacement surgery is right for you, call one of our three convenient locations or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopaedic specialists.

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