You need your knee joints to work smoothly and without pain. Without pain-free knee function, it gets increasingly difficult to get around, or even live your life independently. Chronic knee pain takes a toll on your mental health and emotional wellness, and makes it challenging to stay physically healthy and active, as well.
In his practice with Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana, Dr. Jeffrey Pearson provides treatment and support to new and existing patients suffering from chronic knee pain.
Some of Dr. Pearson’s patients at his Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana locations include individuals who have already undergone surgical knee joint replacement, and haven’t experienced sufficient reduction of pain problems post-recovery.
If that sounds like you, here’s what Dr. Pearson wants you to know about your post-surgery knee pain treatment options with Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana. Will you need a revision surgery? It depends on the nature and location of your pain.
Chronic knee pain after surgery
In many cases, surgical knee replacement works to get rid of chronic knee pain. Knee replacement often fully restores the functionality of the treated knee joint, and the resolution of pain symptoms related to degeneration and dysfunction.
But, for other individuals, chronic knee pain persists after knee replacement surgery. As many as 20% of knee surgery patients continue to suffer from pain and function issues after surgery. If, after completing your post-surgery recovery, you still notice that you’re regularly affected by knee pain, start by consulting with Dr. Pearson about your case.
You might feel disappointed that even knee surgery wasn’t enough to address your pain. However, you still have options available for knee treatment and pain management. With the right treatment plan, you could still potentially put knee pain behind you for good.
Your knee pain treatment plan
Dr. Pearson looks for the answer as to why you continue to experience knee pain after surgery. Determining this is key for the rest of your treatment. Your continuing pain could be caused by:
- Infection, which needs to be treated as soon as possible
- Loosening of the implant in the time since your surgery
- Functional issues around your kneecap
- Alignment problems with your knee joint implant
- Nerve damage from your surgery
- Allergies to your metal implants
- Complex regional pain syndrome
Dr. Pearson starts your treatment with a thorough examination of your painful knee, as well as a comprehensive review of your medical and surgical history. You may need diagnostic imaging exams like X-rays, as well.
Depending on the cause of your ongoing knee pain, you may need different kinds of treatments. Dr. Pearson can recommend the best path forward for you.
Loosening implants, or implant allergies, may indicate the need for a revision surgery. Redness, swelling, fever, and other signs of infection mean that you may need antibiotics. Medication management, pain injections, and physical therapy can all help with post-surgery chronic knee pain.
When you continue to experience chronic knee pain after knee replacement surgery, get in touch with Dr. Pearson at Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana as soon as possible, and learn more about your treatment options. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone today.