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When should you get a knee replacement surgery for knee osteoarthritis?

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It may be time to have knee replacement surgery if you have:

  • Severe knee pain that limits your everyday activities
  • Moderate or severe knee pain while resting, day or night
  • Long-lasting knee inflammation and swelling that doesn’t get better with rest or medications
  • A bowing in or out of your leg
  • No pain relief from NSAIDs or can't tolerate them

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy" and “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?” “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints;” and “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy" and “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?” “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints;” and “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

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