A total knee replacement is generally recommended when non-surgical treatment is no longer effective in managing your pain and inflammation and you have increasing difficulty managing daily tasks.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and your medical history. A physical assessment will also be conducted to assess your level of knee movement, joint stiffness and stability. Your doctor may also examine your hip and back as it is not uncommon for symptoms from these areas to refer to your knees.
You will be referred for an x-ray of your knees. An MRI and/or CT scan may be required to further evaluate your individual condition.