Physical Therapy Can Help Many People With Arthritis And Meniscus Tears
Do you have knee pain? Many people do. If you ask around, you’re likely to get all kinds of advice on what you should do to help your knees feel better. Some people recommend certain supplements, some recommend creams, and some think that surgery will be the only thing that can help. But have you ever heard that physical therapy can help deal with your knee pain?
Here’s what WebMD has to say about physical therapy for arthritis:
People with arthritis often have stiff joints — largely because they avoid movements that can increase pain. By not moving arthritic joints, however, the stiffness and pain only get worse. Therefore, people with arthritis often benefit from physical therapy. A physical therapist can teach you how to work out stiffness without further damaging your joint. Physical therapy also is useful after an injury, such as from a fall, and after joint surgery, especially for artificial joint replacement.
How can exercise help my already painful knee? Won’t that make it worse?
This is probably the biggest myth. Activity and exercise help build strength, which in turn takes stress off your painful joints. A physical therapist is the perfect health professional to help you find a safe and effective exercise program that will get you stronger and healthier. Just as important, they will also teach you ways that you can manage your knee pain if you ever have a flare up.
Many people think that only surgery can help their knee pain, but new research shows that physical therapy can give the same and occasionally even better results. Wouldn’t it be great to get the same results, at just a fraction of the cost, and skip all the pain of rehab? Besides, if you have knee surgery, you’ll likely need physical therapy afterwards.
If you have knee pain, arthritis, even a meniscus tear, don’t panic and don’t rush to surgery. Call a physical therapist first. We can get you back to the things you love.
For further reading and research showing physical therapy gets just as good of results as surgery:
Surgery vs Physical Therapy for OA and meniscus tears – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23506518
Arthroscopic vs Sham Surgery and PT for meniscus tears – http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1305189
Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative meniscus tears – no benefit in middle aged patients – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25157057
Here is a great video discussing some of the research above on arthroscopic knee surgery for meniscus tears and how it appears to have little to no benefit.