Knee surgery is common among older adults who want to remove damaged cartilage in their knees. However, a new American study suggests that these operations may not help ease pain or improve mobility in people over 65.
For their study, the researchers focused on a procedure called arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, which involves cutting out or shaving torn or damaged tissue. Past studies have s... ››› more
Having knee problems? Think surgery can fix it?
Before you make that decision, consider this…
Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective. And it might even be harmful.
This goes according to a new analysis done by researchers at the University of Southern Denmark. Read on to find out more.
You don’t need to unde... ››› more
News that Victor Matfield will have to undergo urgent knee surgery has come as a big blow to the Springbok team. After all, the 2015 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner and we all know recovering from knee surgery can be a lengthy and painful process.
Luckily, it's not an uncommon procedure. (In fact, millions of people around the world undergo this procedure every year.) And that means ... ››› more
Osteoarthritis patients often suffer from a torn meniscus. This is when the cartilage in the knee tears. Many doctors recommend painful knee surgery to relieve joint pain from a torn meniscus. But now a new study shows physiotherapy may be just as good as surgery for repairing the damaged knee cartilage. Here's what happened in the trial…
Physiotherapy could be just as effective as surgery fo... ››› more
Question: I'm on my feet all day at work and I still have another three years or so until I can retire. The pain in my knee is killing me. I pop pain killers around the clock to help with my knee arthritis. I know that's bad for my liver but I'm trying to avoid knee surgery. Are there any pain-relief alternatives I can try?
Dr Wright: Somehow, pain relief has become synonymous with popping pil... ››› more
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