TKR effective in improving quality of life for rheumatoid arthritis patients: 4 insights

Anuja Vaidya -   Print  |

Total knee replacement surgeries are effective in reducing knee pain in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Here are four insights:

 

1. Researchers assessed the effects of total knee replacement in rheumatoid arthritis patients and compared them with the effects of TKR in osteoarthritis patients.

 

2. Not only does TKR reduce knee pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients, but the procedure also provides benefits in other subjective quality of life indices.

 

3. Researchers concluded that TKR can serve as a "time machine" through which patients can return to a less disabled lifestyle.

 

4. However, improvements in rheumatoid arthritis patients were not as great as those experienced by osteoarthritis patients.

 

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