New research suggesting that an arthroscopic knee surgery – a surgery designed to alleviate a patient’s chronic knee pain – is a useless solution means Canadians have spent over $31m health-care dollars for limited or no results.
The surgery, seen to only be effective in a small subset of patients, costs approximately $1,300 per procedure. One of the most effective treatments for pain management, however – before a knee replacement surgery – is frequent physical therapy.
Dr. Moin Khan, a research fellow in Mcmaster’s division of orthopedic surgery, suggests that physiotherapy is a great option for middle-age osteoarthritic patients. Khan encourages seeking physiotherapy for at least three months before considering any surgical options.
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