FACT OR FICTION: Meniscus Tears and knee surgery

September 20, 2019

FACT OR FICTION FRIDAY || All meniscal tears need surgery 🤔🔪🔪🔪🔪

ANSWER: FICTION

 

In a recent meta-analysis (multiple studies combined), Kise and colleagues concluded that a small but inconsequential benefit is seen from treatment interventions that involve arthroscopy.

 

However, this small effect is of short duration and absent one year post surgery. Only 1 in 5 randomised controlled trials found greater pain relief 12 months after partial meniscectomy compared with non-surgical treatment! Further, the supervised exercise therapy showed positive effects over surgery group in improving thigh muscle strength, at least in the short term🙌

 

If you do NOT have mechanical symptoms (locking specifically), these results should encourage individuals with degenerative meniscal tears and no definitive radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis to consider supervised exercise therapy as a treatment option. Translation: Get strong and get moving under the care of a skilled physio like us at Praxis 💪🏃!

 

If your knee pain is holding you back, put a spring back into your step with Praxis Physio. We can accurately diagnose your issues, highlight where we can help, and get back on the path to improved function. To make a booking, call (07) 3102 3337 or book online via our website www.praxisphysio.com.au 

 

 

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Reference

Kise N, et al. Exercise therapy versus arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative meniscal tear in middle aged patients: randomised controlled trial with two year follow-up. Br J Sports Med. 2016.

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