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Physical therapy works as well as surgery for some with torn knee cartilage

March 20, 2013


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Dr Jason Diamond Reviews
May 7, 2013

Good Article with needful information.Physical therapy gives really good and positive results.

Ronald Edwin Lane
May 3, 2013

The ACL is the largest ligament in your knee by far, and there is a reason why it is there. It stabilizes the entire joint and is particularly important for lateral stability. Professional athletes in sport that involve planting and cutting always opt for the surgery. The study Harvard study quoted here supports that. Only 8 percent of the patients that opted for the surgery, subsequently tore cartilage or their meniscus, while 25% of those opting for the physical therapy subsequently suffered those injuries. That is a 300% increase in the likely of re-injuring your knee in the future. Athletes who only bike or run on flat ground may be fine with just physical therapy alone, but why limit yourself???? I had a partial tear of the ACL and was talked into not having surgery, that physical therapy was just as good. It’s not. Ten years later while playing volleyball–out went the knee again, and not from anything all that traumatic,simply coming down on that leg after jumping, with a little lateral momentum going that way. Nothing that would have even come close to effecting my other knee. If you want to have an active life and to keep your options open, I highly recommend that you OPT FOR THE SURGERY. The other option is all about saving the your insurance company money.

Trace Power
April 30, 2013

Really great post! Its interesting at how the body responds to injury. Depending on the type of injury usually simple strength training can reduce injuries and aid in recovery time.

Alyaa Mahfouz
April 1, 2013

Great , i hope to see more & more studies or trials to decrease the invasive maneuvers to avoid risks of surgeries!!

billy mciver
March 26, 2013

your idea is great on paper but in the real world knees joints do need surgery or is this a save money SCHEME ??? THOUGHT up bye accontants to stop docters help people with medical problems

March 26, 2013

It is very rare to see this kind of informative blogs. I am highly excited to see this kind of blog. It is a very useful and meaningful piece of work.

Thanks you,
Robert Morelli

March 22, 2013

There are millions of people out there who are suffering from panic attacks and the fact is that many of them just don’t know what they can do in order to get a hold of their life and start living it like they used to.

March 21, 2013

I had a medial meniscus tear and healed it without surgery. Physical therapy retrained my movement patterns and corrected my pre-existing deficits in regards to mobility and strength, the result of which had improved my running economy and overall lower extremity stability now that I am fully healed. I’m glad to see the development of more statistical data… there is not enough standardization of care in PT due to the lack of clinical research. Admittedly, having worked in the outpatient PT field for a few years, I was confident in my ability to facilitate my healing with my own knowledge in conjunction to the therapy.

Dr Pat, MD
March 21, 2013

Glad to see this trial, and pleased to see that this write-up doesn’t omit the 30% cross-over to surgery. My experience as a patient has been that surgery was much more effective for my meniscal tears than was the very competent PT care I received for a year. I believe in the combination, with PT first to see if it alone can do the trick. Fortunately, my orthopod believes in PT, and my PT respects appropriate use of surgery.

Orthodontists in London
March 21, 2013

Good Article with needful information.Physical therapy gives really good and positive results.

March 20, 2013

Not only is physical therapy as effective, but we PTs can actually help prevent OA, and prevent structural lesions to the knee with a thorough examination of the joint alignment, muscle imbalances of supporting musculature, and analysis of the how the athlete performs the movement.

March 20, 2013

knee’s surgery or physical therapy, both give same results

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