Considering a Knee Replacement?
If you are looking into a knee replacement, I bet you have put in a lot of time on your knees and they are finally saying “that’s enough!” When the Meniscus (cartilage) in the knee joint breaks down over time, we call this degeneration.
It happens to all joints in our body over time, but the pace of the degeneration is mostly determined by the wear and tear we subject each joint to. If you were an active person as a child and young adult, you have definitely put some miles on your knees.
Genetics’ role in knee degeneration
Genetics tend to play a role in knee replacements being necessary. However, the reason bad knees are hereditary might be surprising. The hereditary part is more based on the fact your parents and grandparents likely had the same interests in sports and activities.
If you are very active, then you’re likely to have created a lot of wear and tear on your knees. Certain activities that you partake in are more abusive to the cartilage in this joint as well. An athlete like a mogul skier is going to have problems much sooner that someone who rows as a sport.
Just like with anything else, the more you use it the more likely you will need a knee replacement down the road.
The value of early detection and management
The most important thing to know is that early detection and management of your knee joints can help you avoid the surgery in your later years. By making sure the soft tissue structures around your knee are strong and have the proper ranges of motion, you can minimize the amount of wear and tear your knee experiences.
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