Physical Therapy Is as Good as Knee Surgery for Degenerative Meniscus Tears Yet Again

Do common orthopedic surgical procedures work? Increasingly, research is showing that many are ineffective. This morning we’ll focus on one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM). Let’s dig in. Meniscectomy 101 The idea behind APM is simple. The patient usually notices sudden knee pain and an MRI is…read more

Meniscus Tear MRI? – Please Read This

Key points: Meniscus tears in middle-aged or older people are as important as wrinkles – they are a sign of normal aging New research shows that all sorts of once serious findings exist in the knees of patients without pain Many studies now show that the most commonly used surgery to treat meniscus tears doesn’t…read more

Meniscus Tear Recovery Time Without Surgery

On this page: Can a meniscus tear heal on its own? What happens if you leave a torn meniscus untreated? How can I improve my chances of the meniscus healing on its own? Does meniscus surgery work? Can you treat a meniscus tear without surgery? What is the meniscus tear recovery time without surgery? If…read more

What Causes Knee Pain 1 Year After Meniscus Surgery?

On this page: What is meniscus surgery? Does meniscus surgery work? Can the meniscus tear again after surgery? What happens to the knee after meniscus surgery? What can you do if you still have knee pain? Knee pain 1 year after meniscus surgery is much more common than most people realize. Why? Let’s dig in.…read more

Meniscus Surgery Alternative: Please Read This First

I have blogged extensively about pursuing a meniscus surgery alternative since research years ago began showing that this surgery was not helping patients and may be harming them. Now new research also shows just how poorly this procedure works and how it’s likely pushing patients toward an earlier knee replacement. Let’s dig in. What is…read more

Is Surgery Necessary for a Torn Meniscus? More Research

Is surgery necessary for a torn meniscus? The answer, based on the research, is now clear. If you’re over age 35, the most common surgery used to treat a torn meniscus called partial meniscectomy is useless. Now new research out of Johns Hopkins quantifies the massive scale of the epidemic of ineffective knee meniscus surgeries…read more

Common Meniscus Surgery Causes Arthritis: Please Stop This Surgery!

One of the most common orthopedic surgeries on earth is partial meniscectomy. This surgery has been shown in many different trials to be ineffective, and now it has a new distinction. It’s also been found in a high-level randomized controlled trial to cause arthritis. Let’s dig in. Meniscus Surgery Side Effects: We Already Know Partial…read more

Is the ITB Connected to the Lateral Meniscus?

You would think that in the early 21st century we would have figured out everything there is to know about the human knee, but you would be wrong. In fact, it was just a few years ago that the anterior lateral ligament was discovered. How is that possible? Because physicians and anatomists have a hard…read more
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