Friday, January 19, 2018

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Knee Pain: Signs and Symptoms

Total knee replacements: the severe pain in knee joints can be due to arthritis, injury or other infections which can cause deterioration of the Cartilage in the knee.  The knee is made up of three boats: the end of the femur (thigh bone), the top of the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (kneecap), which are all held together by tendons and ligaments and cushioned by cartilage.  When the musculature of the knee joint declines, then the bones of the knee joint mentioned above begin to grind against each other, wearing away causing moderate to severe pain.  Totally replacements involve removing that portion of the bone which is damaged and resurfacing the knee with metal and plastic implants.

Knee replacements have come a long way over the past 10 years.  Latest being gender specific artificial knee replacements developed especially for women.  This was developed because women skeletal features are different from that of men.  The design of the gender knee is based on computer imaging of a woman, it is more narrow, enter and track set a different angle to better match a woman's knee shape and size.

Its biggest advantage is that it allows for better knee bending "flexion" and there is no kneecap discomfort.