Can a knee replacement improve balance in older adults?

Anthony Cirillo
Geriatric Medicine
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic 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 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 also for improving balance, which could ultimately be a better benefit.

So should you run out and get a knee replacement? No. But if you think you might need one and have  already spoken to your doctor, the balance issue is just one more thing to consider.

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