A healthy body is important for a healthy mind. Our physical health and our mental health are intertwined. We must be mindful of both at every step of life. Furthermore, we are being subjected to illness and injuries on a daily basis. Cases of injuries that may seem trivial might worsen over time. An example of this would be a knee injury.
The Knee is a crucial part of our body. It supports the weight, helps in mobility and keeps you steady. The most common knee injuries are caused due to:
- Sports injury
- Age-related injury
Knee replacement surgery is the only cure for those diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. This is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis. It is a knee disease in which the tissue at the end of your bone wears out. It is a widespread condition and affects over 10 million people in India. The disease sneaks up on you and worsens the condition. Treatment and surgery will help the situation. You may have to deal with a life-long knee issue.
The following are other types of arthritis that affect the knees:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Gouty arthritis
- Lupus arthritis
Prevention is always better than cure. We need to make sure not to overwork our knees and keep up with our physical activities.
Assuming that you are late in identifying the problem, there are few warning signs to take notice off.
Reasons that you may need to undergo surgery:
- Stiffness and Pain:
When your knee is worn out, you endure severe pain and stiffness. It makes it hard for mobility. Even a trivial task such as bending down to pick something up will cause difficulty. When it starts affecting your activities the body signals you to seek treatment. Consult a doctor immediately and seek the next best solution
- Sleep deprivation and flexibility:
As mentioned, a worn-out knee could hamper with your lifestyle as well as deter your sleep. Sleep is vital to our bodily functioning. We need a restful night for our bodies to heal. When the pain becomes too intense, it interferes with your sleep schedule. It will have you waking up in the middle of the night suffering from severe pain. If you do experience this nagging, then you should immediately get your knee checked.
- External changes:
When our body is in discomfort (interior or exterior), the body is quick to show us indications. If you notice a difference in appearance around your knee immediately get it checked. It may look swollen or bruised or it may restrain you from standing straight (bowed knee). Please be sure to visit a consultant when you see notable differences.
- Physical therapy and medication:
Before making any critical decisions make sure to have a talk with your specialist. Surgeries may seem intimidating, which is why it is important to learn what is involved. You may have to undergo a series of physical exercise and non-operative surgeries such as,
- Joint supplements
- Weight loss
- Activity modifications
- Cortisone Injections
- Anti-Inflammatory Medicines
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections
If no improvement is noted, knee surgery will be recommended as the alternative. The risks of surgery are to be discussed as well. Your specialist may give you better insight into the matter. Few potential risks that you may endure are,
- Blood Clots
- Blood Loss
- Infection of a Knee Replacement
- Stiffness of the Knee Replacement
These are the few signs you will need to take note of that indicates a knee problem. Over 1 lakh Total Knee Replacement Surgeries are performed in India annually. There are two types of surgeries available, non-invasive and invasive. Non-invasive surgeries are recommended for those with healthier bodies.
Knee replacement implants are being modified constantly. Using the latest technology, it is made to be long-lasting with the best function.
The following are the types of knee surgeries you may be advised to undergo,
- Partial Knee Replacements
- Rotating Knee Replacements
- Gender-Specific Knee Replacements
- Custom Knee Replacements
A knee replacement does not mark the end of your physical activities nor does it render you disabled. It is merely something that betters your physical recreations. It also helps you live a life free of physical ailments. It is recommended that you consult a specialist or a physician. Post-treatment you will need to consult a physical therapist from time to time.