Ask yourself, and your doctor, a few questions to help you decide if surgery is the right answer.
Does your nagging knee pain have you wondering if surgery should be your next step? Ask yourself the following questions in order to determine what you should do.
Do you get relief from R.I.C.E. therapy?
Rest, ice, compression and elevation sometimes provide adequate relief from pain caused by a common knee injury as the injury heals on its own. However, if R.I.C.E. therapy doesn't provide significant and lasting help, medical treatment, including surgery, may be necessary.
Have you tried other options to help relieve your pain?
Surgery isn't always the first course of action, but it may be the recommended treatment if options such as medication, cortisone injections and physical therapy have proved unsuccessful.
Is your knee pain severe and/or does it interfere with everyday living?
If the pain is chronic, severe or prevents you from walking properly or performing everyday tasks, surgery may be what you need in order to get on the road to recovery.
Is your knee red, swollen, tender or showing signs of deformity?
Such physical symptoms can be signs of a serious problem that requires more than simply rest and relaxation to heal.
Have you consulted your doctor?
It's fairly common for people to take a little time after suffering an injury that doesn't immediately seem severe to see if their symptoms go away on their own. However, you should always consult your doctor if you experience significant pain or the problem persists. Talk with your doctor to find out if he or she recommends arthroscopic knee surgery or other knee surgery for you.
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