What is a Total Knee Replacement?
The diagnosis of a DEGENERATIVE KNEE starts with a complete history and physical examination by your doctor. X-rays will be required to determine the extent of the degenerative process and may suggest a cause for the degeneration. Other tests may be required if there is reason to believe that other conditions are contributing to the degenerative process. Blood tests may be required to rule out systemic arthritis (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis) or infection in the knee.
The symptoms of a degenerative knee joint usually begin as pain while bearing weight on the affected knee. You may limp and the knee may become swollen with fluid. The degeneration can lead to a reduction in the range of motion of the affected knee – the knee bends less than normal and may lose the ability to completely straighten out. Bone spurs will usually develop and can be seen on X-ray. Finally, as the condition becomes worse, the pain may be present all the time and may even keep you awake at night.