Recently the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) strongly warned against knee arthroscopy, meniscectomies, and cartilage repairs.
I recently read this article about some of the Australian guidelines for knee osteoarthritis treatment (Click here for a link to the article). They showed a massive increase in surgeries of the knee from 1994 to 2014 or so.
The number of knee surgeries was doubled, was it because more knee injuries were happening? No!
Truth is surgeons want to do surgery.
As the article goes on they continue to stress that surgery should be your last option for treatment. They also note that fad treatments such as turmeric, stem cell therapy, and insoles are not indicated.
Towards the end of the article, they talk about the most effective treatment for knee pain...
Drum roll, please
You read that correct exercise is the best mode of treatment for knee pain. They gave one exception which was if the knee locks and won't move periodically.
So before you go have knee surgery consider a second opinion and remember the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and myself urge you to try proper exercise for your knee pain before thinking about invasive treatment like surgery.
If you are experiencing knee pain and you want to avoid surgery, live without painkillers, and get back to the life you knew before you had knee pain, reach out to me. I offer a free consultation so you can get a feel for us if we are the right people to help you.
If you decide we are not the right people to help you we would be happy to help you find someone who is the right fit for you
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After a few weeks of physical therapy, this patient's knee was back to 100% and pain-free.
I share this because an X-ray can give some good information but it does not tell everything. If the knee pain was solely due to arthritis, how is it possible their pain was entirely gone after a few weeks of therapy? Perhaps the arthritis was not the root cause of the pain. In this case, the patient also had tight muscles surrounding the knee, weak hamstrings, and poor control of the knee when stepping down off curbs and stairs. Working on those things resolved the pain.
To find out it if physical therapy will help you call/text or email for a free consultation. I would love to hear your story. If I am unable to help you I would love to try to find someone who will help you.
-Dr. Dalin Hansen, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Dalin Hansen, PT, DPT
Passionate practitioner dedicated to empowering others to take control of their health.