Normally, all of the parts of the knee joint work together and the joint moves easily and without pain. However, disease or injury can disturb the normal functioning of a joint, which can result in knee pain, muscle weakness, and limited movement. And with longer life expectancies and greater activity levels, joint replacement is being performed in greater numbers on younger patients thanks to new advances in artificial joint technologies, which many are provided by Dr. Justin LaReau.
Why Dr. Justin M. LaReau?
Dr. LaReau is fellowship trained in joint replacement and knee preservation, and board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of knee treatment options.
How Do I Know If Joint Replacement Is Right For Me?
When joint pain is severe and interferes with daily activities and work, joint replacement may be an option. The pain you experience from arthritis and joint degeneration can:
- Be constant or intermittent
- Occur when you are moving or at rest
- Be located in one spot or in many parts of your body
The pain and the stiffness of joint degeneration may be worse during certain times of the day, or after certain activities such as:
- Climbing stairs
- Getting in and out of a chair
Individuals with arthritis may even feel uncomfortable or have pain while resting or sitting in a chair or lying down. They may be uncomfortable at night, and the pain may wake them up.
The pain of joint degeneration can limit many everyday activities, such as:
- Going up and down stairs
- Getting in and out of a car
- Getting dressed
- Sexual activities
Joint degeneration can eventually make it extremely difficult for individuals to work and enjoy themselves. It also can make it difficult for individuals to care for themselves.