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Can You Run After Knee Replacement
Will I be able to run after knee replacement? I am a lifelong runner. Will I be able to run again after knee replacement? .
Hard work: Usually patients spend 2-3 days in the hospital then transition either home or to a skilled nursing facility. Full recovery can take up to a year, but most of the recovery is complete by 3 months. Most patients can drive by 6 wks and return to work at 2 months. Aggressive rehab and hard work on the part of the patient is essential for a successful result regardless of the surgeon. ...Read more
I had cartolige symptoms in high school and now my doctor says I will need a knee replacement if I keep running. Is this true?
Knee Cartilage: If you had cartilage removal surgery 10, 20 or even 30 years ago, its very likely you will develop a degree of arthritis in your knee. High impact activities (running/jumping) hasten the demise of this joint surface possibly leading to the need for joint replacement. Weight control, dietary modifications, and a low-impact cardio program with periodic steroid injections to manage symptoms. ...Read more
I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee
It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage.
Possible meds include
pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin)
anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc
opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too)
seek specialty advice. ...Read more
I had a medisic knee repair 1 yr ago and since then I have been in constant pain can't do the simplest thing do u think I could get knee replacement?
See Ortho doc: You may need exercises to range your knee, however if there is something wrong with your replacement the orthopedic doc may need to further evaluate you. ...Read more
On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as I expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?
Life Changing: If you have a bona fide need for replacement and have seen a reputable orthopedist, this surgery can change your life. You will have <1 week in the hospital, perhaps a week in rehab if any, and will have 2-6 weeks of rehabilitation to go through pending any complicaitons, your general health and condition. You will have some pain, stiffness and muscle atrophy, thus the therapy. Ask a lot of? 's. ...Read more
Pain: If you have pain on a daily basis, the pain prevents you from doing things you would ordinarily do. If you have tried or oral anti-inflammatories and injections with cortizone (hydrocortisone) and they have not helped. You should also have x-rays that show advanced degenerative joint disease. ...Read more
Yes: It is not considered a total disability. And varies from patient to patient. It does not automatically qualify you for any particular benefits. ...Read more
Easy!: It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone (tibia) and the undersurface of the knee cap (patella). ...Read more
VERY, if indicated: Total knee replacement (tkr) is a real success stories of modern medicine. When indicated, a tkr can be a overall health game changer. Tkr recipients usually regain levels of activity that became otherwise impossible or intolerable (walking, biking, stair climbing). Aerobic exercise in turn provides excellent support for overall cardiopulmonary health. Discuss tkr with your orthpaedic surgeon. ...Read more
Total knee needed: The most concise answer is when arthritic knee pain is not relieved any longer by nsaids, therapy, cortisone injections, hylauronic acid injections, knee braces, ice, nutritional supplements or arthroscopy and x-rays show advanced arthritis and cartilage loss or spurs. When function is impaired and activity declines from pain. Or, when start subtracting things you enjoy from your life due to pain. ...Read more
You can but: I have patients that do but you increase the risk of injury with this type of activity. These higher level activities can cause ligament injury or loosening of the bone cement interfaces. ...Read more
With partial knee replacement, only one of the three knee compartments is replaced (or resurfaced). I have a good comparison of issues with partial versus total knee replacement on my website at the following link:
http://www. Andrewpearle. Com/robotic/robotic-knee-resurfacing. Html ...Read more
Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you are experiencing is either "crepitus" or "clunk" which is when scar tissue surrounding the front of the knee gets trapped within the device creating a sensation of locking up. When severe enough, it can be alleviated by removing that scar tissue. ...Read more
With advise: You can exercise after knee replacement, and it is a good idea. The best exercise is that which avoids stress across the knee. Although you want to strengthen the muscles around the knee, you do not want to place undue stresses across the replaced knee. Your orthopedist and your physical therapist can best advise you. ...Read more
Pain/disability: When to have a knee replacement has to be an individualized decision. Moderate to severe pain and/or loss of the ability to function to one's satisfaction are reasons to have a knee replacement. Failure to get relief with nonsurgical measures is also a reason. Severity of arthritis on an x-ray should not be the primary factor, as many with severe x-ray changes have little pain and good function. ...Read more
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