The knee joint is vulnerable to ligament and cartilage damage from trauma such as a sports injury, fall, or car accident.
These injuries and the wear and tear of normal aging may develop into osteoarthitis. The knee is also a common site for rheumatoid arthritis. Joint diseases such as these may result in stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and pain in the knee. This causes difficulty with performing even the most simple daily activities.
Here at Chestertown Orthopedics we can evaluate your medical history, range of mobility, walking ability, and joint condition. In some cases we may recommend replacement for one or both knee joints with artificial material made from metal and plastic. This replacement is called a "knee joint prosthesis." It will allow you to regain movement and will eliminate most of the pain.
Before surgery, it may be beneficial to learn how to perform specific exercises that will aid in the restoration of mobility after your surgery. You may also be taught to use a walking aid that you may temporarily use while your knee heals from the surgery.
Here at Chestertown Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we are more than equiped to answer any questions you may have concerning knee replacement, since we perform this surgery on a regular basis. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.