Think Twice about getting knee surgery for Degenerative Arthritis

After this holiday weekend’s activity, if you or someone you know suffers from arthritic knees, you might want to check out this week’s link.

Jane Brody, a health writer at the New York Times, warns that if you don’t have an athletic injury, and if you do have severe arthritic knee pain, you may want to consider knee replacement instead of arthroscopy – the frequently prescribed and minimally invasive procedure on your joints.

More research has come out that questions the health outcomes following arthroscopy when compared to the positive outcomes a knee replacement can have, even though knee replacement is a tough surgery to get through!

It is also likely worth trying physical therapy before knee surgery if you keep up with the exercise over time. It may put off the surgery for years.

A study published in May confirmed that arthroscopy surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears resulted in no lasting pain relief or improved functionality.

One physician recommended the following for degenerative arthritis in the knee:

  • If overweight, lose weight
  • Reduce activities that aggravate the knee
  • Take Tylenol-type pain relievers as needed
  • Exercise as recommended by your doctor

Sometimes, being a leader in your life means keeping up on research and evaluation of current treatment traditions to examine if they are still justified as best practices.

Enjoy the day!

Joe

 

What I Wish I’d Known About My Knees

Jane E. Brody. July 3, 2017. New York Times.

 

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