This trial was run for over two years, identifying patients aged 45 to 70 years of age, with knee pain caused by meniscus tears (without knee “locking”).
The study pitted two groups against each other, one group having had early surgery (arthroscopic partial meniscectomy), and another attending physiotherapy sessions (exercise-based) twice per week for 8 weeks.
Interestingly, at a follow up point of two years, there was no significant differences in pain or function between the two groups.
What does this tell us?
Exercise, led by either a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or other trained health professional, arguably is just as effective as surgery for meniscus injuries of the knee. In fact, more and more individuals are opting for exercise therapy over surgery, as there are less risks compared to a surgical option, and in the long term, no difference between the two.
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Effect of Early Surgery vs Physical Therapy on Knee Function Among Patients with Nonobstructive Meniscal Tears
Is physical therapy noninferior to early surgery with arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for improving knee function among patients with nonobstructive meniscal tears?