A recent study published online March 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery for patients with knee pain resulting from meniscal tears and arthritis.
The researchers randomly assigned patients with knee pain from meniscal tears and arthritis to be treated with surgery or physical therapy. Both at 6 months and 12 months later, both groups showed the same amount of improvement in pain reduction and movement!*
Here is a recent success story from one of our patients to prove it:
The Unhappy Triad Knee Injury
A Success Story
“While Skiing at Snowbird, Utah, going at high speed, I hit a buried tree root and fell. I was in a fairly isolated place and not seeing anyone around I decided I should ski down despite my severe pain in my left knee. I fell 2 more times before I reached the top of a lift where I was escorted the rest of the way down by a ski patrol. After x-rays and examination, the local Snowbird Orthopedic clinic said I had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear, a Medical Collateral Ligament tear, and a Medial Meniscus tear. All were typed grade 3, complete tears, and the doctor there said I would require surgery. This was very depressing since I not only ski, but bike, run, practice yoga and love my aerobic and weight lifting sessions. Once home in Huntington Beach, I visited a well-known sports orthopedic surgeon who confirmed the Snowbird clinic diagnosis. He gave me two choices: surgery or physical therapy. I had friends who had knee surgery and were never the same, so I opted for physical therapy. He recommended Grace Walker Physical Therapy and I worked with her therapists for the next couple of weeks. 6 months later, I was back doing all of the activities I loved. Today, amazingly, my left injured leg is as strong, maybe stronger, than the right one. I tell everyone to think twice before having surgery.”
– Carole Pedriana Spinak
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have an effective program for your patients with knee pain. We look at the “whole person” when treating knee pain to provide insights as to why your patient is experiencing excess strain on their knees, instead of just a quick fix! It may be that there is a loss of strength and flexibility not only in the knees, but also in the hips, ankles, and even a weak “Core”. We also look at our patients BMI and then look at the daily activities demand.
From 7 figure professional athletes to weekend warriors, to people over the age of 40, knee pain can result and your patients may benefit from our expert therapists in knee pain relief.
We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment.
Call me at 714-997-5518 if you would like discuss our program, or schedule an appointment.
Grace L. Walker, P.T.
*For more information on the article:
Katz JN, et al. Surgery versus physical therapy for a meniscal tear and osteoarthritis. The New England Journal of Medicine, published online March 19, 2013, at NEJM.org. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa131408 Journal reference: New England Journal of Medicine search and more info website Provided by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis search and more info website. Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-04-physical-therapy-good-surgery-knee.html#jCp