Orthopedic ailments related to knee, hip, neck and spine are on the rise, due to the stresses of the modern life style, poor food habits and lack of physical activity. Several forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis etc., also cause the wear and tear of joints. Conservative treatments involving physiotherapy, muscle relaxant drugs and accessories such as neck braces for cervical spondylosis are the first line of treatment. However, when the extent of damage is big, an orthopedic surgery becomes necessary.
Orthopedic surgeries such as knee replacement have come a long way in helping patients get a much needed pain relief. It was first performed in the 1960’s but has now become an extremely safe option. Patients whose knee joints have damaged beyond repair are much better off getting a knee replacement done, than taking pain relief pills for a long duration which can have several side-effects.