What to expect with Total Knee Replacement
Degenerative changes or injury can cause damage to some of these structures in the knee, causing pain and discomfort and lessening the quality of life. One such condition, called osteoarthritis, can cause the cartilage that normally cushions the bones to wear down, leaving the bones to rub together and cause pain.
The cartilage normally protects the bones from this wear, but as a result of aging and general wear and tear, the cartilage can break down. Other conditions which cause similar damage and may lead to total knee replacement include rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
While your doctor will likely try to control your condition with more conservative methods like pain medication, weight management, and physical therapy, total knee replacement may ultimately be recommended if these are unsuccessful.