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Alternative Names Total knee replacement; Knee arthroplasty; Knee replacement - total; Tricompartmental knee replacement; Subastus knee replacement; Knee replacement - minimally invasive; Knee arthroplasty - minimally invasive References Crockarell JR, Guyton JL. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell 's Operative Orthopaedics . 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 6. Jones CA, Beaupre LA, Johnston DW, Suarez-Almazor ME. Total joint arthroplasties: current concepts of patient outcomes after surgery. Rheum Dis Clin North Am . 2007; 33(1): 71-86. Leopold SS. Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med . 2009;360:1749-1758.
If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
Osteoarthritis (OA) is by far the most common joint disorder in the United States and throughout the world. It is a leading cause of pain and disability in the elderly, mostly because of its predilection for the weight-bearing joints. And so today I will talk about osteoarthritis in an important weight-bearing joint: the knee. Overweight people are at greater risk of developing knee OA . In addition, major knee injuries such as ligament or meniscal tears are common causes of knee OA. Ultimately, whether it is the extra force on the knee due to obesity or the disruption of the normal internal components of the knee due to a meniscal or ligament tear, OA is caused by a change in the synthesis and degradation of cartilage and adjacent bone. This in turn results in loss of cartilage and damage to bone, manifested in the patient by pain, swelling, and limited range of motion of the knee . The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) suggests initially treating knee OA...
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