Physiotherapy as an Alternative for Knee Surgery

November 27, 2017

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.

For more information on the research, or pain management alternatives, visit:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/arthroscopic-surgery-useless-1.4110569