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Health Articles: Knee-d To Know

A Healthy Knee is Vital to Smooth, Stable Support

Did you know the largest, strongest joint in your body is your knee? And a healthy knee joint has plenty of cartilage to cushion your bones and provide smooth, stable support.

But an unhealthy knee can really hold you back. Think about it, you use your knee for almost everything — from walking up and down stairs to getting out of bed in the morning.

Knee pain is the second leading type of chronic pain. The most common cause of knee pain is arthritis. Knee pain may be the result of an injury to a tendon or swelling within the joint.

Wear, Tear and Repair

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage wears away and becomes frayed and rough. This may cause the bones to rub together or produce bone spurs. The pain of osteoarthritis can develop during the course of many years, and pain generally worsens over time. Your doctor can help you find a treatment plan to stop knee pain and get you back to normal life.

Do I Need Knee Replacement?

For millions of Americans, total joint replacement is the solution for relief from knee pain and discomfort. Before undergoing surgery, your doctor will recommend other options, including:

  • Assistive devices
  • Knee injections
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medication to stop inflammation and pain
  • Weight loss

If you have tried nonsurgical options and still have knee pain that keeps you from sleeping or participating in normal activities, you may need a knee replacement.

Almost all patients who choose knee surgery find that they get relief from their arthritis following rehabilitation. Since artificial knee joints can last for as long as 20 years, there is often no age restriction on getting a knee replacement.

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