When the pain of arthritis doesn't go away, replacing the problem joint may be an option. For the knee, the procedure to implant a new joint is called total knee arthroplasty (TKA). For most patients, TKA gives pain-free motion and return of function. For a small number of patients, the result isn't good. Painful swelling and loss of function can make them wish they'd never had the procedure. These patients can be helped. The doctor must make a careful search to find the cause of the problem before correcting it. There are many possible causes for a painful TKA. Problems from inside the knee may be the cause of painful symptoms. Recent changes in the design of the joint implant have helped solve some of these problems. Infection and bleeding are the first two things the doctor looks for. This can be assessed using laboratory test results. Scar tissue and pinching of the joint lining can cause a painful, stiff knee. This can be found using an arthroscope. The scope is a slender device wit...
I'm 15, and for the last 3/4 days I have been having stabbing like pains on the right side of my head, mainly when I first wake up or stand up! I am a worrier and tend to think of extreme things and make myself worried even more, I am going to the doctors tomorrow but I am afraid they will just give me pain killers. Leigh.
We hope your doctor was able to explain the pains and help you. Before prescribing medications, doctors should diagnose what the pains are if at all possible. You don't mention how long these pains last. If they're only seconds long, they might be ice pick headaches. You can find more information in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists
Getting your newly replaced knee joint moving may be easier said than done. Sometimes the knee just stiffens up, frustrating both the patient and provider. It helps to know why the joint is stiff--and what can be done about it. Is it something the patient did, or did something happen during or after surgery to make the knee stiff? Patients themselves may have something to do with it. But these factors are not always in their control. For example, some people naturally form extra scar tissue after an injury or surgery. When this occurs following knee joint replacement, the added scar tissue can cause the knee to become stiff. And a tight knee that isn't moving fully before surgery will have a greater chance of being stiff with limited movement afterward. Patients can control how readily they do their exercises and therapy after surgery. If they choose not to comply, their chances of having stiff knees are greater. Loosen up. Not all problems with stiffness are due to patient factors. Err...
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