5 Signs you may need a Knee Replacement

by / Thursday, 25 July 2019 / Published in Blog

While many people undergo successful knee replacement every year, many are still not able to benefit from this effective treatment because they are not aware of the signs that indicate the need for knee replacement.

Signs of Knee Damage

The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances are of a complete recovery. Here are 5 of the most common signs that might indicate knee replacement surgery.

  • Prolonged knee pain – If your knee pain lasts for hours together or you experience consistent pain for many weeks or months, this may be a sign of severe knee joint damage. Joint replacement surgery may be the best solution.
  • Significant mobility loss – Pain and loss of mobility in the knee can be debilitating. If you find yourself unable to carry out activities due to a loss of range of motion, replacement may be the treatment for you.
  • Difficulty with ADLs – A person with severe knee issues will have difficulty performing activities of daily living, such as daily chores, climbing stairs and even walking. Pain may even disrupt sleep.
  • Grinding feeling – The ligaments, and the cartilage in the knees allows the joint to work smoothly. If you feel a grinding sensation when you move your knee, it’s a sign that the knee joint is too worn out to respond to conservative treatments.
  • Inability to Relieve Pain – If conservative treatment options, such as medications and physical therapy, are no longer able to relieve your pain, it may be a sign that your knee needs replacement.

There are many different treatment options for severely damaged knee joints. Whether you need a full or a partial knee replacement will depend upon the extent of damage, your lifestyle, pain levels and other factors. Your orthopedic surgeon is the best person to judge whether knee replacement is the best solution for your knee pain.