Why You May Need a Total Knee Replacement (Even if You’re Young)
In the past, the idea of having a joint replaced was usually associated with aging adults. But today, more and more people in their younger years are now experiencing the benefits of advanced treatments such as total knee replacements.
With modern technology advancing at an incredible rate, pain relief from chronic conditions can often be achieved through effective surgical interventions like this type of surgery. A total knee replacement could provide much-needed relief if you suffer from severe joint pain and decreased mobility, even after trying other treatments.
Here’s what you need to know when a total knee replacement might make sense for younger patients.
Osteoarthritis in young people
The wear and tear of the cartilage in the knee joint can cause pain and movement limitation. An injury or even overuse can cause this on the joint due to activities like running or high-impact sports.
Osteoarthritis in young people is an increasingly common condition that can cause severe joint pain and disability. It occurs when the cartilage, cushioning between bones, wears away due to overuse or injury. As the cartilage becomes worn out, the bones move closer together and rub against each other, causing further damage. This damage can lead to osteophyte formation, a build-up of extra bone around the affected joints known as bone spurs.
Genetic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. This inflammation can lead to pain, stiffness, swelling, deformity, and disability in affected joints. It commonly affects the hands, feet, wrists, and elbows. Over time, it can erode cartilage and bone, causing joint destruction and instability, leading to the need for Total Knee Replacement (TKR).
Developed a certain condition
Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the bone is reduced or cut off completely, leading to tissue death. This can put bones at risk of collapsing and cause extreme pain. AVN commonly affects the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and other joints.
Young people are increasingly susceptible to AVN due to cancer treatments or existing medical conditions like sickle cell disease. If left untreated, AVN can lead to joint collapse and even be an indication for total knee replacement surgery in some cases.
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If you’re experiencing chronic knee pain despite conservative treatments, it may be time to consider a total knee replacement. Though this surgery is usually associated with older adults, an increasing number of younger patients opt for it to improve their quality of life. Don’t let the fear of surgery keep you from living your best life– if you think you may need a Total Knee Replacement, schedule a consultation with one of OASIS Hospital’s physicians today.