Knee replacement involves replacing the knee joint in a human being in order to make it function more properly and efficiently, and/or to take pressure off of the natural knee joints after years of overuse, wear and tear, or weight bearing issues and problems in patients.
Knee replacement is a significant surgery and typically takes place in athletes and other people who have athletic or physical backgrounds, though this is not always the case. Knee replacement is often done to avoid chronic pain and injuries, and after rehabilitation can be a great service to improving the quality of life of the patient and allow them greater mobility and ease of motion.
Knee replacement is necessary after a variety of issues, but many stem from too much stress and strain being placed on the knee joints over time. Knee replacement comes out of chronic knee problems, like arthritis, and can be affected especially strongly by people who have run, jogged, or otherwise used repetitive motions on their knees for decades.
Weight-bearing issues also cause knee replacement, and overweight people are susceptible to knee replacement and other joint replacement problems if their conditions are not adequately addressed through lifestyle change, weight loss, and more. Eventually, knee replacement becomes necessary to ease pressure and take away weight that sits on knees and other joints in an unhealthy fashion.
One of the biggest signs that knee replacement may be necessary is chronic, lasting and long-term knee pain at the joint. This pain is a sign that the knees are either too weak to take on the pressure that is being applied to them, or there is too much pressure more than what is healthy for the joint.
Other issues manifest themselves as subsidiaries of the pain, including range of motion problems, stiffness, and other signs that the knees are not working properly and are not as effective as they were in earlier life during physical activity.
Knee replacement is a significant surgery, and the rehabilitation process can be serious, but when it is done effectively, it is a benefit that many people are glad they had completed. Knee replacement can take a great deal of pressure off the legs and joints, and improve walking and running conditions for many people post operation.
Physical therapy is necessary after knee replacement surgeries, and can be undertaken with a professional and recommended physical therapist that will work on isolation strength, range of motion, and other exercises for the new joint.