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How can physical exam help you know when to consider knee replacement surgery?

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The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body. But your orthopedic surgeon won’t make the decision to operate lightly. They’ll take your complete medical history, everything from your overall health to specifics about your knee pain and how it affects your life.

You'll also have a physical exam so your surgeon can check out how your leg lines up and how much motion, strength, and stability you have in your knee.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure."

Mayo Clinic: "Knee pain: Diagnosis & Treatment."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Knee Replacement."

Arthritis Foundation: "Knee Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Knee Replacement Surgery Procedure."

Mayo Clinic: "Knee pain: Diagnosis & Treatment."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Knee Replacement."

Arthritis Foundation: "Knee Surgery."

Reviewed by James Kercher on January 10, 2019

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