If you’re going to be having knee replacement surgery in the near future, there are some things you can do right now to speed up your recovery and regain strength and movement sooner. It could be the difference between a quick recovery and a slow one.
Imagine your joints are like hinges. Synovial fluid is the lubricant that causes the hinges (the bones and cartilage) to move smoothly without sticking. Without it there can be friction leading to pain and inflammation. Are there any benefits for post-operative synovial fluid replacement following knee surgery?
Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is an emerging treatment for osteoarthritis, most commonly used for arthritis of the knee, but it can be effective on other joints too. The therapy works on using the natural healing properties of your own blood to treat damaged tissue, and whilst it is not considered a mainstream treatment yet, it is showing promising results in reducing symptoms of this joint disease. Find out about PRP injections and if they could help relieve your knee pain?
Knee surgery is a common procedure these days and whilst non-invasive alternatives will always be explored first, a partial or full knee replacement can be the best option. All medical procedures come with an element of risk, however, by working with a specialist and preparing your body in advance, you stand the best chance of making a quick recovery to get back on your feet.