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The most common joint disorder is osteoarthritis.1
Many exercises, such as fitness walking and swimming, are beneficial for people with osteoarthritis.
The results from a glucosamine/chondroitin arthritis trial show that the supplements are no better at treating osteoarthritis than sugar pills.2
Researchers are finding a strong link between genetics and osteoarthritis.
Some knee replacements can be performed with minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and may even be done on an outpatient basis.
Knee replacement is a routine surgery performed on more than 600,000 people worldwide each year.3
There are different knee replacement implants that are contoured to fit your anatomical shape.
Replacing lost cartilage with tissue grafts may delay or even eliminate the need for joint replacement.4
Most patients are taking a few steps (with the help of a walker) within 24-to-48 hours after knee surgery.5
Your knee replacement surgery will likely take between one and three hours.
Knee implants are made from high-tech biomaterials, such as titanium, cobalt-chrome, polyethylene, and Trabecular Metal™ Material.
Physical therapists create exercise programs and work with therapeutic heat and massage. Occupational therapists teach you about devices, such as those used to elevate chairs.
Excessive physical activity and obesity can result in loosening, wear, and/or fracture of your implant.
For the first two years after knee replacement, you must take preventive antibiotics before dental or surgical procedures.6
Even after you're fully recovered, you should try to avoid contact sports and activities that put excessive strain on your knees.
The top of your cane's handle should reach the crease of your wrist and be held in the hand opposite the knee with the implant.
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