June 15, 2024

What will you do when your knee doesn’t hurt?

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The leading reason for knee surgery is pain. Though it’s hard to believe, there are plenty of people walking around with bad knees—even bone on bone—but they don’t hurt. If your knee doesn’t hurt and you aren’t falling over and you don’t plan on a dancing career, why would you bother to get it replaced?  It’s not fair.

Knee pain diminishes your quality of life.

Most people with knee pain live with it for about 5 years, sometimes far longer, before they seek relief through surgery. While surgery shouldn’t be your first step, you also shouldn’t wait too long as that can complicate things.  Knee pain diminishes your quality of life as it slowly narrows your options.  First you might stop taking long walks. Then you begin to consider how far you have to walk when you go to certain places. You begin to wonder if there will be stairs. All of these things combine to make you less active and less engaged in your life.

Getting past knee pain opens up your life possibilities

Most knee patients tell me getting a knee replacement was the best decision they ever made…about six months after their surgery.  For the first 8 to 10 weeks after surgery, they may question that decision, but eventually almost everyone is glad they did it.  They no longer give stairs of the walk in from the parking lot a second thought.  Signs that you might be a candidate for a knee replacement include:

  • Pain: Severe pain that persists or recurs, even when you’re resting, and prevents you from sleeping

  • Swelling: Swelling and inflammation that doesn’t respond to medication

  • Stiffness: Stiffness in your knee that limits your mobility

  • Deformity: A bowing in or out of the knee

  • Difficulty with daily activities: Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, sitting down in low seats, or doing other tasks like shopping or getting out of the bath

  • Lifestyle limitations: Symptoms that prevent you from doing things you enjoy, like gardening or going for a walk

  • Other factors: Bad arthritis, or if nonsurgical treatments like anti-inflammatory drugs are no longer effective

  • If you have one or more of these, you should probably check with a doctor. I am not a doctor, so don’t take advice from me.

GenuEase is designed to help you get back to the activities and people that make your life better.  It offers a way to eliminate the muscle-guarding and apprehension that slows patients down after a knee replacement. GenuEase gives the patient control and provides instant feedback that motivates them and keeps them progressing.   Better patient outcomes and a more efficient practice are why GenuEase is an indispensable tool in knee rehabilitation.

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