When recovering from a total knee replacement, it can hard for some people to give up their freedom to drive even for a short time. A big question for many patients is when they can start to drive again. There are several factors to consider when deciding when is the right time.
Older athletes experience increased physical injuries including back pain, heel pain, hamstring pulls, stress fractures and knee injuries. This increase is primarily due to changes in muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons due to aging. It is crucial for older adults to be conscious of these body changes and to alter their regime to avoid injuries while maintaining their physical fitness.
Is there a minimum age for total knee replacement surgery. In this video an orthopedic surgeon talks about in which circumstances young patients would be considered for a total knee replacement.
Many aging adults begin to have trouble with their mobility due to knee pain and some eventually undergo partial knee replacement for relief, but is this surgery only for seniors with knee pain? Can this surgery help young adults with knee pain?
Do knee replacement prostheses ever need to be replaced? The answer is yes, but they should last for decades. Dr. Dan Albright discusses the signs and symptoms that appear when it is time to for the prosthesis to be revised and how to make the one you have last longer.
Many patients are concerned about becoming addicted to pain medications they are prescribed after major surgery.
Osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition that causes the cartilage between the joints to wear out, is the most prominent form of arthritis. The absence of cushion causes bones to rub and grind together, causing swelling, stiffness, and pain. Doctors may prescribe physical therapy, a knee brace, or oral medication. However, if a patent continues to experience severe pain, swelling or extensive joint damage, knee injections or a full knee replacement is recommended.