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One-third of Knee Replacements Performed in U.S. are Unnecessary, According to New Study

U.S. researchers studying 175 people who had total knee replacement surgery found only 44 percent of those procedures were “appropriate.” Thirty-four percent, they said, were “inappropriate” and 22 percent were “inconclusive.” Inappropriate cases are those where the risks of the surgery outweigh the benefits. In inconclusive cases, the risks and benefits are about equal. […]

Neuromuscular Training Reduces ACL Injuries in Athletes

People who play soccer, basketball, handball and volleyball know these sports can be tough on the knees. Researchers have long asked whether anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, which are common among athletes who bend, jump, land and pivot, are avoidable. It appears there is a way to cost-effectively prevent the injuries, at least in […]

New Evidence Questions Meniscal Repair Surgery Effectiveness

People having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee fared no better a year after the procedure than those having a “sham” surgery, according to a new study. The finding should make patients who have knee pain attributed to a meniscus tear question whether surgery to repair it is a good option.

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Physical Therapists Integral in Chronic Pain Treatment

There’s acute pain, from injuries and after surgery. And there’s chronic pain, which can linger months—even years. Physical therapists have long been recognized for their roles in preventing and treating acute pain. Today, there’s increased emphasis on physical therapists’ roles in helping patients with chronic pain.

Physical therapists are trained to administer treatments that […]