ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW SUFFERING FROM KNEE PAIN?

thomas-a-barrett-mdBy: Thomas A. Barrett, M.D.
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates

Recognizing a knee problem can occur at anytime. Arthritic knee problems may be related to previous injury, demands placed on it over a lifetime, or a family predisposition.

When to seek help is usually prompted by either severe pain or just that nagging ache that won’t resolve. There are a number of ‘over-the-counter’ remedies that most of us try at some point. Taking time out for a doctor appointment is saved for when other options don’t seem to make much headway toward resolving the problem.

Arthritic pain can become more than an annoyance for some. Giving up activities or declining invitations because the knee won’t “make it” are common concerns. In the worst cases even a good night’s sleep can be difficult.

When To See A Doctor?
If you are suffering from…

  • Prolonged joint pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Redness or warmth about the joint
  • Loss of sleep due to pain
  • Pain after a period of rest
  • Diminishing motion or progressive limp
  • Limitation of normal activities
  • Inability to participate as desired due to pain
  • Multiple episodes of pain during a month

Many conditions can cause or contribute to joint pain and many treatments exist.

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Are You or Someone You Know Suffering from Joint Pain? part 2

Cape May Herald

Health and Wellness | 06/08/2015

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Thomas A. Barrett, M.D.

Shore Orthopaedic University Associates
9 Stites Ave, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

(Part 2 of 2)
Options for treating arthritic knee pain begin with a diagnosis and a conversation about what particular problems any one person is experiencing. Non-operative management can be successful and is always part of a plan of treatment.

There may come a time when conservative treatment is no longer helping and the conversation changes to other options.

Knee replacement surgery is a part of a treatment plan. The timing of when it is appropriate has a number of components.

1.Any person undergoing a knee replacement needs to need it. (Seems logical enough….but this includes excluding other potential causes of pain and a conservative trial)
2.Any person having an elective surgery has to be healthy enough to undergo the procedure. (This reassurance is obtained by having a primary care provider/ specialist assist in a pre-op evaluation)
3.Any person having their knee reconstructed has to actively participate in their own recovery.

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The Case for Partial Knee Replacement

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By: George C. Alber, MD

The knee is composed of three separate compartments. Osteoarthritis often develops in only one compartment of the knee, while the other two compartments remain relatively healthy. Patients who have osteoarthritis in only one compartment, the inner side, may be candidates for partial knee replacement.

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