Let us take a closer look at knee
The Knee is the largest joint in the body and is central to nearly every routine activity. Three bones form the knee joint. The lower end of the thighbone (Femur), the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the knee cap (Patella). Thick tough tissue bands called Ligaments connect the bone and stabilize the joint. A smooth shiny, plastic-like lining called cartilage covers the end of the bones and prevents them from rubbing against each other, allowing for flexible and frictionless movement. Cartilage also serves as a shock absorber, cushioning the bones, from the forces between them. A soft tissue called synovium lines on the joint and produces a lubricating fluid that reduces friction and wears.
Arthritis – The leading cause of knee pain
- One of the most common causes of knee pain and loss of mobility is the wearing away of the cartilage lining. As a result, the bones rub together causing significant pain and swelling, a condition known as Osteoarthritis.
- Non-operative treatment such as steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, alternative medicine and cortisone injections may effectively relieve pain and restore mobility however, increasingly severe pain and disability require “Knee Resurfacing Surgery”.
What can you do about it?
Osteoarthritis is degenerative, meaning it only gets worse. Therefore, it is critical to treat as quickly and effectively as possible.
Medication, injection, water therapy (ice/hot packs), physical therapy and other conservative methods can help manage pain and stiffness associated with Osteoarthritis.
Knee replacement surgery is a viable option that alleviates pain and improves mobility, by replacing damaged bone and cartilage. Choosing an ideal knee replacement is essential to getting back to the activities you do. love that much sooner.
How can knee replacement benefit you?
- Relief of arthritic pain and discomfort.
- Improved mobility in your knee.
- Freedom and confidence to do everyday activities, including walking and climbing stairs.
Recovering after knee replacement
- Rehabilitation begins almost as soon as surgery is complete, and the typical activities include a range of motion exercise and walking.
- A patient will typically be able to walk unaided, just 6 weeks* after surgery and return to work and everyday activities. After 12 weeks * patients may even perform low impact activities such as golfing, yoga and swimming. With a superior knee replacement system and a strong commitment to rehab, patients can reduce their recovery time and get back to their favourite activities sooner.