Total knee arthroplasty (TKA), also known as total knee replacement, is one of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures. A variety of pathologic conditions affecting the knee can be treated with total knee replacement, leading to pain relief, to restoration of function, and to mobility.
The normal knee joint functions as a complex hinge, primarily allowing flexion and extension but also allowing rotation and gliding. The knee joint is made up of three compartments: lateral, medial, and patellofemoral. Damage to the cartilage of one or more compartments may be the result of osteoarthritis (idiopathic or posttraumatic), inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, psoriatic, etc), avascular necrosis, tumors, or congenital deformities.
Are you 65 or older and having severe knee pain? Are you thinking about whether a total knee replacement is needed?
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen to discuss what other options are available. Ask her about exercises that may help with your pain and/or strengthening your muscles. You can receive a handout to take home.