How do I know if I need a knee replacement?
This is probably the most common question I get. Short answer is…you will know. When you have these key signs- it’s time to have THE DISCUSSION
In 2012, the National Health Interview Survey reported that over 51 million Americans were diagnosed with some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, which is a form of arthritis characterized by the wear and tear of smooth cartilage. Though osteoarthritis can affect anyone of any age, adults over 50 are particularly vulnerable. Osteoarthritis depletes the protective space between bones, which can cause difficulty in everyday movements, such as walking and climbing stairs.
Many cases of shoulder pain can be solved with minimally invasive treatments such as anti-inflammatory injections, routine physically therapy and arthroscopic surgeries. However, patients who experience chronic pain because of degenerative processes/conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, typically require more intensive treatment, up to and including shoulder replacement.
The ACL helps stabilize the knee when turning or planting the body. Most ACL injuries take place during sports when a person is cutting, pivoting, sidestepping or lands abruptly. Downhill skiing, football, soccer, basketball and gymnastics are some of the sports in which ACL injuries commonly occur.