Knee Replacement

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  • Steve Towle – Tackling the Pain 
  • Ollie Harbin – A Hip for the Spare

The largest and most complex joint in the body, the knee is the most cited source of joint pain.

When Is Knee Replacement Surgery Necessary?

Common problems leading to knee replacement include:

Avascular necrosis: a condition in which thin tissue dies because it does not have enough blood supply. It can lead to collapse of the joint space.

Degenerative joint disease: a worsening over time of the articular cartilage that lines a joint. It can result in narrowing of the joint space and leads to pain.

Fracture: a break in the tibia or femur near the knee joint.

Osteoarthritis: a type of arthritis that typically comes with middle age and is characterized by the worsening of a joint and a progressive wearing down of the joint surfaces. It causes pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic inflammatory disease that damages many joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling.

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