You knee hurts when you walk and especially when you get in and out of a car. If you are the right candidate, you may not need total knee replacement therapy. Total knee replacement therapy does improve the quality of life of those whose knees are badly damaged by osteoarthritis and other medications and physical therapy isn't working. The problem is total knee replacement is very painful and takes a lot of time for rehabilitation.
If only a portion of your knee has osteoarthritis a partial knee replacement may work for you. It can relieve your pain and increase your mobility.
The knee consists of three compartments: the medial or inside, the lateral or outside, and the patellofemoral or kneecap. When only one of these areas is impacted by osteoarthritis and your ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is whole and working well, a partial knee replacement may work for you.
A total knee replacement is preferred for patients who have more extensive damage. Even so, partial replacement should only be considered after medications and physical therapy. At one time this therapy was considered only for older folks who didn't move around much. Today the thinking has changed and many are using it as a stopgap for younger adults to delay the need for a total replacement. Most doctors agree, however, that if the arthritis is localized to only one area, the surgery should be the partial replacement for everyone.
For more information on total knee replacement read the series of posts recently published on my blog Secrets To Health and Aging. The posts begin April 12.
To your healthy aging,