Surgery no better than exercise for meniscal tears

A SUPERVISED exercise program is just as effective as knee arthroscopy in relieving pain from a meniscal tear in the middle-aged, a Scandinavian study shows.

No clinically relevant difference was found between patients who had either surgery or exercise therapy in terms of pain, function in sport and recreation and knee-related quality of life two years later.

“Our results should encourage clinicians and middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tear and no definitive radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis to consider supervised exercise therapy as a treatment option,”

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