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Sep152013

Physical Therapy May Be as Effective as Surgery for Torn Meniscus 

This posting is a great example of how medical practice must change in this country.  We have become so easy to convince that surgery is “easy and quick”  especially compared to  8 weeks of therapy or other conservative management.  But surgery is expensive and the cost of the procedure is just the beginning—there’s time off from work, extra expenses, follow ups and even therapy AFTER the procedure if it doesn’t turn out perfectly.  We see this frequently in the clinic—people need treatment after surgery anyway.  And this is true for all surgeries:  back surgeries, knee scopes, Carpal Tunnel releases and bladder slings and hysterectomies often fail to give the desired results and patients require therapy anyway. 

Now don’t get me wrong—sometime surgery is the best way to fix an injury or improve function.  There are times we try therapy and then say, “Well I guess surgery IS necessary”  But there is still a benefit to doing therapy before surgery—more range of motion, more strength, healthier tissues and a lot of knowledge about the surgery and what to expect afterwards.  Both your body and your mind will be better prepared for a procedure with even 2-3 therapy sessions beforehand.

I encourage everyone to ask questions about alternatives to surgery.  Ask if therapy is beneficial.  Your surgeon may discourage it because he/she doesn’t know what therapy might do for you or because they know they could help you, so call a local physical therapist (make sure you talk to an actual therapist, not a receptionist!) and ask them what therapy could do for you before surgery—besides save you thousands of dollars!

-Eliza

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There are some of the procedure and therapies that need to be followed after the surgery, which is beneficial for the body.

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