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Arthritis of the Knee -- Treatments

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Your doctor has several options to treat the knee pain caused by a worn out joint including:
• Weight loss
• Activity changes
• Physical therapy
• Walking aids, such as a cane or walker
• Medication, and
• Control of medical conditions.
The knee joint does not heal on its own when there is arthritis in the joint. So, patients with knee arthritis and pain generally do not get better with time, and the symptoms usually get worse. In the end, surgery may be the best option.
The most common procedure performed is a total knee replacement. Total knee replacement, also called total knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that is performed thousands of times each year. The main reasons for performing a total knee replacement are to replace a worn out knee joint, improve the motion of your knee and relieve pain.


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