Our knees take a lot of wear and tear over the course of a lifetime so it's not unexpected that they wear-out sometimes. We talked to physical therapist Ron Van Dyke at Avera St. Luke's Physical and Aquatic Therapy Center in Aberdeen about how common knee replacement surgeries are and for what age group.
Van Dyke says, "It has been older people but now we are seeing younger and younger people all the time because of the advancement in technology has been better and people are doing a lot better because of it.
Q: Do you think people are hesitant to have knee replacement surgery because they are afraid of losing mobility?
A: I do. But once they talk to their neighbor who have had success they'll say hey, I got my knee done and I was back to work and am able to do recreational activities like golf, play tennis. Knee replacement has really improved steadily. Physical therapy plays an important role in the recovery process. Doctors are quick to point out that surgery is the easy part. Therapy is the hard part. Patients will compliment me on helping them, but I'm quick to point out to them it's a team approach. The patient and the therapist work together to reach the goal.
Questions: Call 877-AT-AVERA or visit KSFY.COM and click on HEALTH."