While joint replacements are extremely effective in restoring function to joints damaged by injury or disease, they do not last forever. They are mechanical devices that are exposed to the high stresses of daily activity.
You received your eye color from mom and your hair from your dad, but what about your knee pain? That may, in fact, also run in the family. There are a number of risk factors for knee pain and arthritis. These include obesity, bad alignment (being severely bow-legged or knock-kneed), exposure to trauma or sports injuries, as well as the ability of the joint to heal itself. One recent study went even further and explored the incidence of knee pain in the children of people undergoing knee replacement.
Your knee is divided into three different compartments: the medial compartment (the inside part of the knee), the lateral compartment (the outside part of the knee) and the patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee, between the kneecap and thighbone). In the past, when one compartment failed, the response from many orthopedic surgeons was to replace all compartments through full knee replacement surgery. While full knee replacement is effective in many cases, advances in orthopedics have made way for less invasive, personalized techniques that treat only the damaged compartments while preserving the healthy tissue. There are a number of exciting alternatives to full replacement knee surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a cutting-edge medical technique that can promote healing. Read on to discover how PRP is used to treat a range of orthopedic conditions, including arthritis and severe tendinitis.
Most people are familiar with joint replacement. It is replacing the surface of a joint with a metal, ceramic and/or plastic device to take the place of the worn out joint.