March 5, 2018

Do I need a knee replacement?

Knee | Total Joint Replacement

This post is part of The Ultimate Guide to Total Knee Replacement

Knee arthritis can be extremely uncomfortable and easily affect your quality of life. Whether you are simply walking to your car, doing some gardening or even sitting or lying down, your knee may be causing you a lot of pain.  

No one needs to live with knee pain.

Knee replacement may be an option when nonsurgical treatment has failed to provide knee pain relief.

Symptoms of needing knee replacement surgery

  • Pain during activity
    Pain in your knee that heightens with activity and lessens with rest.
  • Delayed knee pain
    Pain that comes on after activity and lasts for a few days.
  • Pain that interrupts sleep
    If your knee pain is keeping you up at night or wakes you up during sleep.
  • Instability
    Your knee becomes looser and feels like it’s “giving way” and could cause you to fall.
  • Bone on bone arthritis
    Your knee X-rays show bone touching bone somewhere in the knee.
  • Limited knee movement
    If your knee won’t bend after standing for a long period of time, if it catches while you are walking or if you can’t stand up after sitting.
  • Visual changes in your knee
    Inflammation can cause visual changes in the appearance of your knee.
  • Lifestyle limitations
    If you find yourself saying no to your favorite activities such as hiking with your grandchildren or working in the yard because of knee pain.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms of needing knee replacement surgery, you may want to make an appointment with a total joint specialist.

“Most knee problems don’t require a knee replacement. There are a variety of other treatments available including physical therapy, weight loss, steroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications,” says Dr. David Fisher, a total joint specialist at OrthoIndy.

“There is usually no rush to having knee replacement surgery, and it is entirely the patient’s decision based on their quality of life, but the majority of patients are happy they had the procedure and wish they had the operation sooner.”

Only you can decide if you are ready for knee replacement surgery; however, the sooner you seek care for your knee pain, the sooner you can return to your favorite hobbies.

Learn more about joint replacement surgery at OrthoIndy.
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Megan Golden

By Megan Golden

Megan Golden worked at OrthoIndy from 2012 to 2019, where she wrote a variety of content for our blog, magazines and inbound campaigns. Megan graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising and communications studies minor.

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