Replacing your windshield wipers and replacing your knees are two very common, but very different things. As the most common joint replacement surgery, knee replacement involves replacing your knee joints with artificial ones. Most commonly caused by arthritis or other joint problems, a knee replacement surgery can help restore your range of motion and ability move around once again. This article will discuss common causes of knee replacement surgeries. Read on to learn more.
There are three types of arthritis that can result in you having to get knee replacement surgery: post-traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on how severe your arthritis is and how your overall health is, will help Dr. John Moore decide if a knee replacement surgery is a feasible option for you.
- This type of arthritis is typically caused by injury that occurred earlier in life. If left untreated, these injuries can cause inflammation and irritation of the ligaments which can later turn into post-traumatic arthritis.
- This form of arthritis is caused by a loss of cartilage around the bones which causes the joints to rub together and wear down.
- This form of arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the membrane that lines the knee joint and breaks it down.
Knee deformities that require a knee replacement are a bit rarer. However, they are still possible. For instance, individuals who have bow legs or knocked knees may need a knee replacement later in life if too much pressure is placed on their knee joints. Traditionally, we like our patients with knee deformities to try physical therapy first and then we can move onto surgery if we decide it is still needed.
Although knee replacements are a common surgery, they are not for everyone. If you would like to learn more about knee replacement surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. John Moore’s office today!