If you are feeling restricted and having trouble performing regular activities due to knee pain or stiffness, then you are probably considering a knee replacement. Signs such as arthritis, unmanageable pain, or the inability to stay active may indicate that you need a new knee. ORTHOKnox has a board-certified surgeon and sports medicine team in Knoxville, TN, and Athens, TN, that can work with you on diagnosing and improving your knee pain, so you can receive the right treatment and have a better quality of life.
How will my doctor determine if I need a knee replacement?
Your doctor will look at your X-rays, MRIs, your pain level, your physical function, weight, and health history to determine if you need a knee replacement. Conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, can sometimes postpone or eliminate the need for a knee replacement, so these may be an option for you. But if you have any of the signs below, then it is likely that you will need a knee replacement.
Signs you may need a knee replacement:
You’ve tried conservative treatments, but they no longer help.
- Physical therapy, steroid injections, and pain medications can help reduce pain and improve your range of motion. However, these treatments can stop being as effective over time due to arthritis or another condition.
You have arthritis.
- As mentioned above, arthritis cannot be reversed with conservative treatments. The loss of cartilage in your knee results in pain and loss of motion. Replacing the worn-out surfaces of the knee may be your best option.
Your daily life and activities are restricted.
- You should not have to live with persistent pain or the inability to do simple tasks such as walking or sleeping. Restriction of your normal activities can result in poor health and weight gain, which would put more pressure on your knees. Replacing your knee can greatly improve your quality of life.
Your knee is constantly swollen.
- If you have tried conservative treatments and your knee is still constantly swollen, then it may be time for a knee replacement.
Your knee is unstable or deformed.
- If you are unable to straighten your knee, it feels like it is constantly going to buckle, or it is bowed (knock-kneed), a new knee may be the best treatment option for you.
Knee Replacement Surgeons in Knoxville and Athens, TN
If you have any of the above signs, reach out to our office to schedule a consultation. With its on-site physical therapists, board-certified surgeon, and Orthopedic Urgent Care that is available without an appointment, ORTHOKnox has got you covered when it comes to knee health and knee replacement surgery. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can treat you, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!