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Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged or diseased portions of the knee joint and replacing them with artificial components. This procedure is typically recommended for individuals with severe knee pain and functional limitations due to conditions such as advanced osteoarthritis or significant knee trauma. 

While knee replacement surgery can provide significant pain relief and improved function, non-surgical treatments are often explored before surgery and can be effective in managing knee pain and improving knee function. Here are some common non-surgical treatment options for knee conditions:

  • Medications:
      • Pain relievers: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can help reduce pain and inflammation.
      • Corticosteroid injections: Injections of corticosteroids into the knee joint can provide temporary pain relief by reducing inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy:
    • Strengthening exercises: Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around the knee joint, which can provide added support and stability.
    • Range of motion exercises: These exercises can improve flexibility and mobility of the knee joint.
    • Low-impact exercises: Engaging in activities such as swimming, cycling, or using an elliptical machine can help maintain joint mobility and improve overall fitness without excessive stress on the knee.
  • Assistive Devices
    • Knee braces or sleeves: These devices can provide support and stability to the knee joint and help reduce pain.
    • Canes or crutches: Assistive devices can offload weight from the knee and reduce stress on the joint during walking or other weight-bearing activities.
  • Weight Management:
    • Maintaining a healthy weight or achieving weight loss, if necessary, can help reduce the load on the knee joint and alleviate pain.
  • Pain Management Techniques:
    • Heat and cold therapy: Applying heat or cold to the knee can help reduce pain and inflammation.
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): TENS involves the use of low-level electrical currents to provide pain relief.
  • Alternative Therapies:
    • Acupuncture: This technique involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain and promote healing.
    • Herbal supplements: These usually do not work. 

Non-surgical treatments are typically recommended before considering knee replacement surgery, particularly in cases where the symptoms are manageable and do not significantly impact daily activities. 

However, if non-surgical treatments do not provide adequate pain relief or functional improvement, or if the knee joint damage is severe, knee replacement surgery may be considered. 

It is important to consult with an orthopaedic specialist who can evaluate your specific condition, discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option, and help you make an informed decision regarding the most appropriate course of action.

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