Warning against unnecessary knee surgery

Osteoarthritis intervention can do more harm than good

Arthroscopic knee surgery to treat osteoarthritis is of "low value" and doctors are being told to consider alternatives such as exercise therapy to avoid unnecessary harm to the patient.

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The advice is one of five recommendations released on Tuesday by the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA), one of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) speciality societies.

A growing body of evidence suggests surgery to treat knee osteoarthritis is often not the best option, says Professor