1. Knee pain is a common occurrence that can arise from various causes, including injuries, arthritis, or age-related wear and tear. While some knee issues can be managed with non-surgical treatments, there comes a time when knee replacement surgery becomes necessary. 

  2. The decision to undergo knee replacement surgery is a collaborative one, made by you and your orthopedic surgeon. Multiple factors such as age, weight, overall health, and the severity of your knee damage are considered in this decision-making process. 
    If you're wondering whether you're at that stage, here are the some signs that you may need a knee replacement. 

  3. Persistent Pain 

  4. One of the most significant signs that you may need a knee replacement is persistent knee pain that continues despite non-surgical treatments. This pain can be debilitating, affecting your ability to perform everyday tasks like walking or climbing stairs. If you're experiencing chronic knee pain that isn't relieved by anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, or rest, it may be time to discuss knee replacement surgery with your doctor. 

  5. Limited Mobility 

  6. Another telltale sign is a marked decrease in your mobility which may be associated with knee pain or stiffness. If your knee problem is making it difficult for you to engage in routine activities such as getting in and out of the car, bending down, or even standing for extended periods, you might be a candidate for knee replacement. Limited mobility can significantly impact your quality of life, making knee replacement a necessary option for restoring normal function.

  7. Knee Deformity 

  8. Worsening  knee deformity such as an obvious bowing in or out of your knee is a clear indication of severe arthritis or joint damage. Knee deformities can lead to an uneven distribution of weight, causing further joint damage and increasing pain and mobility issues which may benefit from knee replacement. 

  9. Failure of Non-Surgical Treatments 

  10. If you've tried all non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy, weight loss, oral medications and/or intra-articular joint injections and your symptoms have not improved, it may be necessary to consider knee replacement surgery. Especially if these treatments have failed to provide relief or improve your quality of life, knee replacement surgery could be the next step.

  11. Recognizing the signs that you may need a knee replacement is crucial in taking proactive steps towards improving your quality of life. If you're experiencing persistent knee pain, limited mobility, chronic swelling or knee deformity, or if non-surgical treatments have failed, reach out to Dr Ram Aribindi, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at Southland Orthopaedics Ltd, where you will receive a comprehensive orthopedic evaluation and an individualized treatment plan of care targeted to treat your knee pain. 
    Remember, early detection and intervention can significantly improve your outcome and speed up your recovery process.

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