Reasons for 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
- To improve the motion of your knee
- To relieve pain.
There are many conditions that can cause your knee joint to wear out. How do you know if you need a total knee replacement? The reason that is commonly given is to treat arthritis, which is a result of wear and tear from daily activities over time.
Your healthcare provider will usually first recommend non-surgical knee replacement alternatives. This can include medication, activity changes, or physical therapy. If these methods are unsuccessful in relieving your symptoms, your healthcare provider will most likely recommend a total knee replacement.