As an age defiant warrior, that's those of us over 50, Chronic Knee Pain is something most of us will have to deal with at some point. After all the knees are generally one of the first joints to go as we age just from cumulative wear and tear.
They are joints that also may have taken some abuse from either sporting events we participated in when we were younger or, injured in some type of accident.
Once the knee gets injured for instance or a minor surgical procedure like arthroscopic surgery is performed at some point osteoarthritis sets in some time later, then we are dealing with pain and discomfort.
Now there are conservative measures that may help reduce or postpone osteoarthritis or keep the pain at bay for awhile but sooner or later you will have to deal with it.
Once the pain becomes so severe that conservative measures no longer work, or you have dropped a few pounds to help with the increased compressive forces your knee will take when we are over weight, and still no changes, then it may be time to get serious and face the reality that you may be a candidate for a total knee replacement.
Total knee replacement today has advanced to the point that no one should be postponing their quality of life and eating Aleve until they get a GI bleed to avoid the surgery.
If you plan on becoming age defiant and living your life on your terms and not letting your body and pain take control of your life than seriously look into having a consult with your local orthopedic surgeon and get this problem straightened out as soon as possible.
Delay and postponement does not cure your knee pain nor does it help you when it comes to living your life courageously.
I have gone through a total knee replacement myself and will be in line for another one more than likely in the next year or two, again that will depend on how much chronic knee pain I have.
Get strong and get serious and make a decision right now what you are going to do, confront it and take action.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
for more information on total knee replacement surgery and recovery, go to my website
http://www.totaljointfitness.com I have a blog there that deals primarily with TKR and its recovery along with fitness after surgery for older adults.