The Study:

Exercise therapy versus arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative meniscal tear in middle aged patients: randomised controlled trial with two year follow-up

Nina Jullum Kise, et al.

BMJ 2016;354:i3740

 

Why You Should Care:

·         By some estimates, 75% of adults over 40 years of age have degenerative meniscal tears

·         Approximately 2 million people undergo arthroscopic knee surgery a year. 

·         Evidence is mounting that for many people, surgery offers little to no benefit

The Breakdown:

·         Researchers divided 140 adults into 2 groups.  1 group underwent arthroscopic surgery,             the other group underwent a 12 week at-home exercise program

·         There was no clinically relevant in knee function difference at 2 years.

·         There was greater muscle strength in the exercise group at 3 months and 12 months

What It Means For You:

·         Exercise therapy appears to be the superior choice to arthroscopic surgery for                            degenerative meniscal  tears

References:

Exercise therapy versus arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for degenerative meniscal tear in middle aged patients: randomised controlled trial with two year follow-up

Nina Jullum Kise, et al.

BMJ 2016;354:i3740

Degenerative meniscus tears and mobility impairment in women with knee osteoarthritis

Lange, A.K. et al.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage , Volume 15 , Issue 6 , 701 – 708

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