Patients in the Chapel Hill area who are looking for a solution to their chronic knee pain turn to the specialists at North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic. Our sports medicine team includes fellowship-trained surgeons who offer total knee replacement surgery to patients who haven’t been able to find the relief they want through conservative treatment methods. We take pride in offering specialized care and personalized service, and we take the time to explain all of your options – including potential non-surgical avenues.
Causes of Chronic Knee Pain
The most common cause of knee pain and degeneration is arthritis, which can result when the cushioning cartilage in the knee wears away, causing bone to grind against bone. The three types of arthritis that affect many knee replacement patients are:
- Osteoarthritis – This form of degeneration is caused by age-related wear and tear
- Rheumatoid arthritis – This disease can produce chronic inflammation in a knee joint
- Post-traumatic arthritis – This type of arthritis can develop following fractures or knee ligament and cartilage tears
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
In a knee arthroplasty procedure, the worn away cartilage surfaces in the knee are replaced by metal implants and an insert is placed between them to restore the smooth function of the knee. After a recovery period, patients are able to enjoy a more active lifestyle that is free from constant pain.
If you are interested in meeting with our sports medicine specialists to see if a total knee replacement procedure would be right for you, contact North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art facility near Chapel Hill.