Is knee replacement the best solution for rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe. It depends on what is causing the pain and how bad the pain is. There are many medical and non-surgical treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, but if required, knee replacement is an appropriate treatment.
If necessary. If necessary, when the joint is destroyed by rheumatoid disease, knee replacement can relieve pain and improve function. However, it is typically best if the disease (rheumatoid arthritis) be controlled medically with medicines so that the effects of the joints (hips, wrists, elbows, knees, etc) are minimized.

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Talked to ortho and says my knee buckling and pain could be rheumatoid arthritis is that possible?

Yes. If your orthopedic surgeon is concerned about you possibly having rheumatoid arthritis, you should take it seriously and see a rheumatologist soon for further evaluation.I get a relatively high percentage of referrals from orthopedic surgeons who truly have inflammatory arthritis (compared to referrals from primary care docs and other subspecialist physicians).An MRI with contrast can prove it. Read more...

I had an arthroscopy on my knee for rheumatoid arthritis three months ago. Th eknee is still painful and swollen. Why?

Depends. Arthroscopy can only help you if you have any structural abnormality like a meniscal tear. Ra is an autoimmune that can prematurally destroy a joint. You may need some form of oral treatment for RA if you are still symptomatic. You should follow up with your rheumatologist. Read more...
Rheumatoid. Patients have arthroscopies for inflammatory diseases such as ra, but this illness can return rapidly to the joint even if the surgeon cleaned it out well. I do not think your knee should be so painful simply from the procedure since it has been 3 months, but some peolple heal slower. My suspicion is that RA is active in the knee and may require medications rather then further surgery. Read more...

How do I ease the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis? Usually on necks, elbows, wrists, fi gers, especially on thighs, knees and ankles.

See a rheumatologist. There are some excellent medications to control rheumatoid arthritis; they can have side effects, but used appropriately they can reduce or prevent long term damage to your joints. They work best if used early in the course of the disease. See a specialist, and get a second opinion if necessary. Read more...
See a doctor. A rheumatologist can prescribe proper medication for pain and swelling. Read more...
You need. To be under the care of a rheumatologist. There are many medications that can help you. Read more...

What can cause very bad rheumatoid arthritis pain in my knees?

Other . Ra should not have predilection to larger joints such as knees. Other things such as osteoarthritis or degenerative joints, gout/pseudo gout, tendonapahy, infection are some causes. Read more...