Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic ailment that causes the immune system of the body to attack the joints by mistake, and this leads to severe pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis only occurs in one knee at a time, rheumatoid arthritis usually tends to attack both the legs at the same time. Its symptoms gradually tend to spread towards the hands, wrists and even the feet.
Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to the development of other symptoms, such as fever and exhaustion.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
As we age, that cartilage that gives our knee joints a cushioning support tends to wear off and get damage, and this causes the bone to rub against the bone. This causes all normal and routine knee movements to become excessively challenging and extremely painful, and the knees become heavily susceptible to wear and tear. This damage is termed as osteoarthritis of the knee, and it is extremely common amongst individuals above the age of 50.
In certain cases, arthritis attacks the knee after an injury that causes damage or breakage to the knee bone. It can also occur if one of the ligaments of the knee are torn apart. The symptoms of arthritis tend to spread and intensify with time. Gradually, over the period of time, bones and ligaments that are damaged tend to contributed to the risk factors of a damaged cartilage, which worsens the pain and stiffness within the joints and muscles.
When should you consider undergoing a Knee Replacement Surgery?
In the instance your knee fails to improve after most other popular treatments of knee arthritis, you can consider getting a knee replacement surgery.
These are the factors that indicate whether you should consider a knee replacement surgery:
- You find it difficult to sit in and get up from a chair.
- You cannot take long walks, or find it challenging to walk long distances.
- Your knee has become bowed inwards or outwards.
- You feel moderate to intense pain even while resting.
How to prepare your home after the Surgery?
After undergoing a knee replacement surgery, there are various changes that you need to make around your home in order to make your environment much safer until you can fully recover from the surgery.
Here are some changes you need to consider making around the house:
- Install safety bars in your bathroom, especially the shower.
- Be sure to pack up all kinds of throws, rugs and carpets amongst other décor objects that can cause you to trip and get injured.
- Invest in a good footstool so you can lift up your leg and let it rest.
- Ask a friend or family member, or even hired help to assist you while performing your daily activities and household chores during the first weeks after the surgery.