Knee pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit Rebound, and arthritis is often the culprit. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, nearly 15 million people suffer from osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. OA is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown and eventual loss of joint cartilage. A normal knee glides smoothly because cartilage covers the ends of the bones that form the joints. With OA, the top layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away, allowing the bones to rub together. OA in the knee develops gradually and, if left untreated, causes increased pain and reduced mobility. While there are conservative treatments that may slow the progression of the disease, if pain becomes too severe, surgery may be required.
Rebound offers both the traditional total knee replacement as well as Makoplasty, a robotic-assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure. A total knee replacement, as the name suggests, replaces the damaged joint with a prosthetic in effort to alleviate pain and increase overall mobility. For patients who qualify, MAKOplasty is minimally invasive alternative and only removes the diseased portion of the knee. The benefits of this procedure include a faster recovery and a more natural feeling knee. If knee pain is holding you back from doing the things you love, you should visit your doctor to learn about your treatment options.