How to determine if you are a candidate for knee surgery
Knee pain can develop due to a number of reasons, such as sports-related injuries, workplace injuries or breakdown due to the natural aging process. Knee pain can be particularly frustrating because for the active, it can take away your ability to enjoy your favorite activities and pastimes. If you’re used to being active with friends and family, it can be all the more devastating as the pain and reduced function can make you feel isolated.
Although many knee injuries do heal with time and proper treatment, knee surgery can start to look like a possibility if it is determined that the damage is too severe or if conservative options aren’t offering relief. Even age-related conditions like arthritis can be effectively managed through nonsurgical means, but surgery is still necessary in certain cases. Fully educating yourself on your options and understanding the full scope of the treatment process is an extremely important part of determining if you are a good candidate for knee surgery.
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, we’re committed to patient education and believe that informed patients are empowered patients. We want to help you make the best choice for your needs so you can get back to the quality of life you deserve.
Pursue nonsurgical treatments before considering knee surgery
For many cases of knee pain, most doctors will recommend starting treatment with a combination of rest, ice, compression and elevation to help manage symptoms while the progress of the condition is monitored. Other nonsurgical treatment options for knee pain include:
- Pain medication and anti-inflammatory medication, both prescription and over the counter
- Physical therapy to strengthen, stabilize and improve flexibility of the knee
- Injections that help to reduce pain and relieve inflammation
If you pursue a full course of conservative treatment and symptoms have not improved enough to return to regular activity, surgery can start to become a serious consideration.
Who is a candidate for knee surgery?
At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our knee procedures are primarily designed to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. As we age, the protective layer of cartilage that allows for smooth motion between the knee joints begins to wear out. The increased bone-on-bone contact leads to inflammation, aches and stiffness that can be painful and limiting to the performance of basic activities.
While it may be natural to want to avoid knee surgery for arthritis and other issues, there can be negative consequences to putting it off if it has been determined to be the best course of action. These issues can include:
- Weakening muscles and connective tissue in the knee and surrounding area
- Declining range of motion and coordination
- Potential for deformities around the knee
If you have been told you need knee surgery, the expert medical team at Phoenix Spine & Joint can help. Our team can evaluate your knee condition and determine if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive outpatient knee surgeries.
Becoming a candidate for knee surgery at Phoenix Spine & Joint
When you meet with the experts at Phoenix Spine & Joint, we will start with a review of your condition. You can expect to discuss your pain and activity level and receive an evaluation of your diagnostic imagery and other information. This will allow us to determine if one of our knee surgery procedures can benefit you.
For your convenience, we’re proud to offer a free second opinion with one of our doctors that can be performed by phone or video conference without having to leave your house.
Contact us today to learn more about becoming a candidate for knee surgery with us.