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How to sleep better after knee replacement surgery

A common complaint after knee replacement surgery is difficulty sleeping. The cause is pain. Studies show more than half of patients wake up with pain after knee replacement.

Since sleep is so important to the recovery process, appropriate pain management could provide solutions.

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons notes that around the second or third week after surgery, patients begin to increase activity levels while decreasing narcotic use. This often can mean having a difficult time sleeping.

They recommend taking your prescribed pain medication an hour before bed for better comfort and sleep cycle.

If you are considering these kinds of procedures, ask your doctor if you are a candidate.

For knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery, Orthopaedic Associates in Albany, GA may be the solution for you.

Orthopaedic Associates is located on Pointe North Blvd. in Albany, GA and offers services ranging from sports medicine to outpatient surgery to an after-hours clinic.

Learn more at www.albones.com.

Medical References: www.aahks.org

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