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Physical Therapy as Good as Surgery for Osteoarthritic Knees and Torn Meniscus

Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis

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  • Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis and/or torn meniscus is one of the most unnecessary surgeries performed.
  • Research has shown arthroscopic knee surgery works no better than placebo surgery, and when comparing treatments for knee pain, physical therapy was found to be just as effective as surgery, but at significantly reduced cost and risk
  • Recent research also shows exercise is just as effective as surgery for people with a chronic pain in the front part of their knee, known as chronic patellofemoral syndrome (PFPS), which is also frequently treated with arthroscopic surgery
  • In one recent study, 84 percent of patients reported significantly less pain and elbow tenderness at six months following treatment with platelet rich plasma (PRP), a component of whole blood that contains a number of growth factors that takes advantage of your body’s natural healing process
  • Natural tips for pain relief and cartilage loss are listed, including: exercise, optimizing your vitamin D, K2, and sulfur levels. Natural pain relieving agents you can try include astaxanthin, omega-3, hyaluronic acid and curcumin, among others

By Dr. Mercola

Arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis is one of the most unnecessary surgeries performed today, as it works no better than a placebo surgery.

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