Are there any non-surgical alternatives for the meniscus repair procedure?
According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), physical therapy was proved to be as effective as surgical treatment in patients with meniscal tears and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Alternatives to meniscus repair procedure
An article published in the Journal of Orthopedics and Traumatology discusses the non-surgical treatment options for meniscal tears, which include the following:
The meniscal tear may not heal by itself without surgical intervention
The meniscal tear may not heal by itself without surgical intervention; in fact, if the surgical intervention is delayed, the meniscus may further tear-off making it unrepairable. The above-mentioned methods can delay knee surgery by providing short-term relief. Non-surgical procedures may also have limited results compared to the long-term results of knee surgery.
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