How a knee replacement can get you back into running?
- Posted on: Nov 10 2017
For some of my patients, running is more than just a hobby. For them, it is an all-consuming passion. Some are lifelong runners, having competed in races since high school or college. Others have picked up the sport later in life and have found great joy in the challenges and victories that it brings. Whether you enjoy casual jogs or are training for the New York City Marathon, it can be frustrating when knee pain gets in the way of your fun. Fortunately, there are things you can do to lessen your aches and get back to what you love.
A recent article in Runner’s World suggested several tips for managing chronic knee pain and still staying active with the running. Ideas included targeted exercise, like squats, lunges, and jumps, as well as extensive stretching and incorporating foam rollers into workout routines. Other recommendations included adjusting a diet to consume more plant-based foods and healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, and flaxseed. One person simply suggested just trying a little bit of everything, from acupuncture and cryotherapy to sauna treatments.
These modifications and techniques can all be helpful with moderate pain or for preventing additional joint problems in your knees. Unfortunately, though, none of them are a perfect solution, and if your knee pain is severe enough and your joints are extensively damaged, a knee joint surgery might be your best bet to get back into running.
If you find yourself in constant pain that limits your mobility or keeps you up at night, take comfort in the fact that there are several advanced options for joint procedures, and I am extensively trained in many of them. Gone are the days of painful procedures followed by months of iffy recovery. Depending on your specific situation, these days, you can have a surgery and be back to running within a matter of weeks. In fact, if you or someone you know has had a joint replacement even in the last few years, you might be surprised at the advances that have occurred in the field. For example, you might benefit from computer-assisted navigation or an arthroscopy to reduce incision size and have a quicker healing time than what comes with more traditional approaches. You might not even need a complete joint replacement. If your damage is minimal, a partial knee replacement could be sufficient.
Regardless of what procedure we end up determining that you need, you can rest assured that I will do the best I can to preserve your original muscles and other physiological components using state-of-the-art approaches, like OrthoSensor Kinetic Technology, that I have thoroughly researched and pioneered throughout my career.
I understand that running can be a big part of my patients’ lives, and I keep that in mind with each knee procedure I perform. With the correct operation, and a thorough rehabilitation and recovery, you can get back to the running activities that you love. If you have any questions about what your knee surgery might look like, or how it might impact your hobbies, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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