5 Easy and Affordable Accessibility Solutions

Want to stay in your own home? Do you cherish your memories? Are your family and friends close by? Do you like being on your own schedule? #1 Make an Entryway Accessible Install a modular ramp for entry to front, back, or side door. This will eliminate stairs for individuals who have mobility challenges or use a wheelchair a scooter. A modular ramp can be assembled in one day, is removable and reusable, fireproof, slip

How Can a Rehabilitation Hospital Help You and Your Family?

Deciding on care for a loved one with serious medical conditions can be confusing. In south central Pennsylvania, rehabilitation hospitals offer patients opportunities to move toward wellness and independence. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides physical medicine as well as rehabilitation programs and services. These hospitals offer advanced treatment tailored to each patient’s goals. Patients who may benefit from this type of care include those with some of the following conditions: • Fractures, joint replacements, musculoskeletal

What are the Options with Meniscus Tears?

Meniscus tears are among the most common knee injuries. When people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. Your meniscus is a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage that sits between the thigh bone and the shin bone. It acts as a shock absorber and provides some stability to the knee. The meniscus is tough and rubbery to help cushion the joint and keep it stable. Sudden meniscus tears

An Option to Knee Replacement Surgery and Eliminate Knee Pain!

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR THE OSTEROARTHRITIS (OA) CENTER KNEE REHAB PROGRAM? 1.      Are your knees very stiff in the morning? 2.      Do your knees hurt when going up or down the stairs? 3.      Do you frequently take pain medication or aspirin for knee pain? 4.      Do the activities you enjoy cause pain around your knees? 5.      Have you been told that you need knee replacement surgery? If you answered YES to any of these

The Aging Knee

Knees get a lot of use from a lifetime of activity. When you think about it, the only time your knees get any rest is when you sleep. Even when sitting we flex our knees to reposition ourselves. Damage to this joint can happen over a lifetime as well as with a traumatic event. A common ailment occurring over time is osteoarthritis. The cartilage between bones deteriorates, bone spurs occur and pain occurs when the

Are You Considering Knee Replacement Surgery

 

Each patient is unique, but generally candidates for knee
replacement surgery have:

• Pain severe enough to restrict not only work and
recreation, but also the routine activities of daily living

• Pain that is not relieved by more conservative methods of
treatment, such as reduced activity, medication or physical therapy

• Significant joint stiffness and loss of mobility

• X-rays that show advanced arthritis or other degenerative
problems

 

Knee replacement has been proven over four decades to
relieve severe knee pain and restore knee function in the vast majority of
patients. In fact, the National Institutes of Health recently concluded that
knee replacement surgery is “a safe and cost-effective treatment for
alleviating pain and restoring function in patients who do not respond to
non-surgical therapies.”

 

Not all knee replacements are the same. Advances in total
knee design have resulted in knee implants that will help you feel like
yourself again.

 

Knee Anatomy and Function

 

The knee is the largest joint in the body and is central to
nearly every routine activity. The knee joint is formed by the ends of 3 bones:
the lower end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone
(tibia), and the knee cap (patella). Thick, tough tissue bands called ligaments
connect the bones and stabilize the joint. A smooth, plastic-like lining called
cartilage covers the ends of the bones and prevents them from rubbing against
each other, allowing for flexible and nearly frictionless movement. Cartilage
also serves as a shock absorber, cushioning the bones from the forces between
them. A soft tissue called synovium lines the joint and produces a lubricating
fluid that reduces friction and wear.

 

Arthritis: The Leading Cause of Knee Pain

 

One of the most common causes of knee pain and loss of
mobility is the wearing away of the joint’s cartilage lining. When this
happens, the bones rub against each other, causing significant pain and
swelling – a condition known as osteoarthritis. (Trauma or direct injury to the
knee can also cause osteoarthritis.) Additionally, without cartilage there is
no shock absorption between the bones in the joint, allowing stress to build up
in the bones and contributing to pain.

 

Remember, even if your doctor recommends knee replacement
for you, it is still up to you to make the final decision. The ultimate goal is
for you to be as comfortable as possible with your choice — and that always
means making the best decision based on your own individual needs. 

 

This article was submitted by

John C. Kagan, M.D. of Athletic

Orthopedics & Reconstructive Center

with offices in Fort Myers
and Cape Coral.
He can be reached at 239-936-6778.

 

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  Each patient is unique, but generally candidates for knee replacement surgery have: • Pain severe enough to restrict not only work and recreation, but also the routine activities of daily living • Pain that is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment, such as reduced activity, medication or physical therapy • Significant joint stiffness and loss of mobility • X-rays that show advanced arthritis or other degenerative problems   Knee replacement has been