Physical Therapy Vs. Surgery for Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tears
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial involving patients 45 years or older with a meniscal tear and evidence of knee osteoarthritis randomly assigned 351 patients to surgery and postoperative physical therapy or to a standard physical-therapy regimen; then, they evaluated patients at six and 12 months in order to see if arthroscopic partial meniscectomy has better functional outcomes than non-operative therapy.
The researchers found that at six months, 51 patients who were assigned to physical therapy alone (30%) had surgery and nine patients assigned to surgery (6%) did not have surgery. The results after 12 months were similar to those at six months.
For more information, go to: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1301408
SOURCE: New England Journal of Medicine, May 2013
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