Best Blogs 2016

We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate them by emailing us at bestblogs@healthline.com!

Not too long ago, having an artificial joint was the stuff of science fiction. Today, however, total knee replacement (TKR) is a common treatment for people who have osteoarthritis of the knee and other conditions.

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, having a bad knee isn’t something you have to endure for the rest of your life. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 90 percent of people who undergo knee replacement experience significantly less pain than they do prior to the procedure.

But the decision to undergo a TKR shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are eight of our favorite blogs dedicated to educating and enlightening people about their options. Besides the information available on these blogs, make sure to weigh your options with your doctor, including discussion on what realistic expectations are for recovery and what your life will be like with your new knee.

BoneSmart

BoneSmart

Information on total knee replacement surgery can be bogged down with overly technical information. Thankfully, BoneSmart keeps the jargon — please excuse the pun — down to the bare bones.

The site helps direct patients through the decision over whether knee replacement surgery is right for them, what types of implants are available, how to manage post-surgery pain, and how long it takes to recover after surgery. If a total knee replacement might be on the horizon, BoneSmart is definitely worth a bookmark!

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Booktoot's Healing

Booktoots’ Healing

If you’re looking for advice and information about total knee replacements from someone who’s undergone one, look no further than Marie Buckner’s blog, Booktoots’ Healing.

Marie’s posts are incredibly personal, and deal with an array of subjects related to joint replacement surgery. Her recent posts deal with post-surgery issues like how to perform chair yoga, do balancing exercises to help get used to your new knee, and use resistance bands for better joint health. Others discuss what your expectations should be regarding the aesthetics of your knee after replacement surgery.

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Tweet Marie: @MarieB987

Dr. Tarlow on Knees

Dr. Tarlow on Knees

Dr. Stefan D. Tarlow has been performing TKR surgeries for more than 20 years and he’s been keeping a blog on all the news and research affecting the surgery for nearly as long.

His posts cover knee replacement with the expertise you’d expect from a medical professional, but in language we can all understand. He addresses issues like metal allergies, stem cells, and weight loss. His blog also includes pictures of surgeries, so be prepared if you’re a bit squeamish!

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Dr. William Barrett

Dr. William Barrett’s Joint Replacement Blog

Dr. William Barrett is an orthopedic surgeon with the University of Washington Valley Medical Center. His blog covers multiple aspects of knee replacement surgeries.

Some of his latest entries including how long you can expect to stay in the hospital following your procedure (and how that is slowly changing), along with the cost differences between having your surgery in a hospital or outpatient center, innovations in joint replacement surgery, and how fitness can help delay the aging process.

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MedlinePlus

Knee Replacement: MedlinePlus

While not necessarily a blog, the U.S. National Library of Medicine is the ultimate resource when it comes to learning all about knee replacement surgery.

Vetted by top experts, they offer video tutorials about TKR procedures, suggest questions to ask your doctor, and discuss what considerations you should have in mind as a patient.

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Knee1

Knee1

If you’re new to the idea of total knee replacement, Knee1 is an excellent resource in your search for comprehensive information.

From the basics on knee exams and knee surgery, to how to prolong joint health and what types of proteins protect against bone loss, Knee1 is a blog worth revisiting to help you understand how scientific research advances knee health. The site also features forums, so you can connect with other people thinking about or going through a TKR.

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Living with Arthritis

Living with Arthritis

Living with arthritis can be a challenge, but thanks to effective treatments, it doesn’t have to mean constant pain. The writers at Arthritis Connect cover all the bases when it comes to the various types of arthritis.

Some of their latest posts deal with the myths and realities about how the weather can affect arthritis pain, how to talk to your doctor, and the latest treatments for painful conditions like gout.

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Tweet them: @ArthConnect

Orthopedics Advice from Verywell

Orthopedics Advice from Verywell

Whether you need to replace a worn out knee or hip, Dr. Jonathan Cluett, an orthopedics expert, has the answers. Besides detailing the ins and outs of procedures, Cluett discusses the many health and lifestyle factors that can lead to damaged joints, and how to treat them.

From surgical repairs after a shoulder dislocation, to how joint replacement may affect your sex life, Cluett’s insight goes far beyond the operating table to give patients a comprehensive view of treatment options for bad joints.

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Tweet him: @jonathancluett 

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