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
Don't delay contact us today
Okay here's the bad news... You think you need surgery.
There is good news though! You can be an informed consumer of healthcare. Your physician says you need surgery but this does not mean you have to do it. You are in charge of what happens to your body and you should know somethings before you go under the knife.
First, what are the risks, side effects, and ALL the possible outcomes? Fully understand the cons first.
Second, what are the possible benefits? Don't just ask your physician, he will tell you the outcomes are great. Find information on the surgery so you know the pros. Now, compare and contrast the pros and cons.
Third, what is the recovery time like. Are you going to be back at work in 2 weeks or are you going to struggling to get back to basics after a month? Also, are you going to need physical therapy after and if so for how long?
Fourth, the most powerful advice of all. Talk to people who have had this procedure done before. Get first-hand witnesses and get the details of their recovery!
Before you dive into surgery be informed. Empower yourself to know what your options are. If you are unsure where to start I would love to tell you what results I have seen. Feel free to call, text or email me.
To know what to do when you physician uses scary words like arthritis, degeneration, bulging disc, etc. check out this blog post (Click Here)
Dr. Dalin Hansen, PT, DPT
Dr. Dalin Hansen, PT, DPT
Passionate practitioner dedicated to empowering others to take control of their health.