Signs That You May Need Knee Replacement Surgery

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Knee Replacement Surgery in Cheshire is a routine procedure that involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial implant or prosthetic joint.

Although adults of any age can be considered for a knee replacement surgery almost all are carried out on people aged between 60 and 80. However, the operation has become increasingly more common in younger people.

So what are the warning signs that you may need knee replacement surgery?

Pain Points

Pain with activity – Knee pain can rear its ugly head and stop you enjoying many things. If your usual activities have become painful and your mobility or range of motion is reduced, this could be a warning sign you may be developing arthritis and may need knee replacement surgery in the future.

Delayed pain – Pain doesn’t have to be instant to have a substantial impact on your life, pain that comes after the initial activity can also be quite debilitating. This is a warning sign that your knee isn’t performing as it should be.

Pain that interrupts sleep – If you find that the pain in your knee prevents you from falling asleep or you often wake up due to the pain in your knee caused by movement in your sleep, you need to talk to someone about it.

Knee swelling

The appearance of your knee can be just as important of an indicator as the way it feels. Changes in the appearance of your knee can indicate inflammation. If your knee swells or looks markedly different from your other leg, it may be time to consult a specialist in knee replacement surgery.

Limited Mobility

Difficulty sitting down in a low chair or seat, for example in a car or cinema because your knee refuses to bend is a common sign of osteoarthritis. Seizing or catching of the joint during movement can also be a sign of advanced deterioration or that loose bone fragments have become lodged in the joint.

Lifestyle Limitations

It doesn’t matter what activity you wish to take on whether it be walking the dog or running a marathon, any symptom that prevents or limits your ability to do the things that you love is a potential cause for concern. With help a bad knee doesn’t have to ruin your quality of life.

Other Forms of Treatment

Aside from full blown knee replacement surgery, there are other, less drastic forms of treatment that can have a positive effect on your worn knee.

Cheshire knee surgeon and founder of My Knee Doc, Mr. Gareth Stables advocates a holistic approach in helping youmanage your knee pain. Often a combination of treatments can help control your symptoms and even avoid the need for knee replacement surgery altogether.

Physiotherapy- A therapeutic form of treatment that can be done over a series of weeks, months or years to return strength and support to the knee joint. My Knee Doc offers physiotherapy as well as knee replacement surgery.

Medication- Medication can help treat the pain presented by problem knees, although this doesn’t cure the problem it can help manage the pain.

Get in Touch!

 If you or someone you know are experiencing any of the symptoms or warning signs listed above, get in touch with My Knee Doc today. It is important that you act as quickly as possible to talk through your treatment options and avoid further deterioration.