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?

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Author: Michael Dermansky

Michael has now been working in physiotherapy for over 20 years, since graduating from Melbourne University in 1998 and is even more passionate about getting the best outcomes for clients than he was then. Michael is always studying and looking for new and innovative ways to improve the service at MD Health, including and not limited to the ideas from the fitness industry and great customer service companies. In his spare moments, he loves spending time with his two children, Sebastian and Alexander and hopefully taking them skiing more and more often.

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