By: 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.
Linda Raiser, Ocean View, NJ 08230
Total Knee Replacement
Physician: Richard B. Islinger, MD
I had a Total Knee Replacement by Dr. Islinger at Shore Medical Center 5 years ago.
I have often said that I could be the poster child for knee replacement. Very, very little pain or discomfort. He was just wonderful, as was the hospital staff, and his office staff. I probably should not say this, but at my 2 1/2 week appointment I was told by his PA that I was doing so well (walked in without the walker) that I could go ahead and do what I felt. I felt that I could drive, and go back to the gym, which I did!!!
To this day, I have had zero problems with my knee. Thank you, thank you!!!!
Dr. John F. Phillips, Somers Point, NJ
Total Knee Replacement
Physician: Richard Islinger, MD
As a 73 year old male who is enthusiastic about martial arts, about a four mile daily walk, and about a one hour daily swim, I am tremendously grateful to Dr. Richard Islinger. He completed a total replacement of my knee, and repaired a severely damaged rotator cuff, which required seven anchors.
I not only benefited greatly from his expertise and competence as a surgeon, but also from his kind, caring, assuring manner. His thorough explanations and keen interest in my welfare before and after surgery contributed greatly to me being able to return to my highly active lifestyle. I am greatly Indebted to Dr. Islinger.
Dr. John F. Phillips