Knee Replacements Beneficial for Balance Improvement as Well as Pain Reduction
Posted Jun 04 2010 10:50am
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons showed that a knee replacement can help improve an elderly person's balance.
Balance problems and increased risk for falls are common among seniors and falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors in the United States, and hip fractures caused by falls can prove deadly.
So essentially while knee replacements are typically done to reduce the severe pain that people are in, this study has shown that the replacements are not only good for reducing pain but improving balance, which could ultimately be a better benefit.
So should you run out and get a knee replacement? No. But if you are on that borderline where you think you might need one and have have already spoken to your physician, the balance issue is just one more thing to consider. I am sure my orthopedic surgeons friends can hear the cash register ringing.