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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.
As the Baby Boomers are creeping over-60 age group, the number of people affected by knee osteoarthritis is exploding. Everyone has two knees, which automatically doubles the numbers of arthritic knees proportionate to the number of people. Some feel pain and stiffness after sitting for long periods of time, others feel pain while moving. Knee pain is literally bringing the world to its knees.
Most people want to avoid surgery as long as possible because, quite frankly, amputating a knee joint is a big deal that takes months of recovery. In the effort to keep moving and stay comfortable, medicines like NSAIDs or opioids offer relief but the side effects are not worth the pain relief sometimes. Supplements like fish oil are not all that they are claimed to be. And nobody wants to use walking sticks or canes . So what is a Baby Boomer to do if he/she wants to avoid surgery?
Try acupuncture . People around the world rely on acupuncture to help relieve pain from head to toe. A...
Human beings are well designed for many things. We have large brains for poetry and quantum mechanics; we are good long distance runners, and of course have these awesome opposable thumbs. Unfortunately, some parts are not designed very well for our 21st century lifestyles. The low back , or lumbar spine, is first on my list for sending back (or forward?) to the engineers. A close second though might be the " knee cap " or patellofemoral joint.
The "knee cap" or patella is an ovoid shaped bone whose main purpose is to act as a fulcrum that big muscle on the front of your thigh, the quadriceps. (I'll wait while you grab your high school physics book). There are plenty of folks who do not have patellae, but because this causes the quad muscle to work inefficiently, few of these folks can run or climb stairs well. The design issue with the patella is that it articulates, or rubs up against, the end of the femur bone (thus the "patellofemoral" joint). For those of us who have pa...
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