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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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Five Common Tests, Procedures Orthopedic Patients Should Question

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has provided its list of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” for the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

The Choosing Wisely campaign encourages medical organizations from all specialties to submit information about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary or might even cause harm. These lists […]

Natural Tissue Graft Shown to Regenerate Knee Cartilage, Improve Symptoms Related to Knee Cartilage Damage

Research presented in July 2013 at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s annual meeting in Chicago suggests people who suffer from knee cartilage damage might benefit from a natural tissue graft, which can regenerate cartilage and improve what can be painful symptoms. Researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery treated several patients with the De […]

Exercise to Prevent, Relieve Osteoarthritis

Exercising arthritic joints might sound counterintuitive, but physical therapists have long known the benefits of exercise for people with osteoarthritis. Now, two major medical associations representing physicians who treat people with osteoarthritis are helping to send the message that exercise is important. On May 23, 2013, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American […]