The most recent of these studies was published in the September 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This study titled A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee found that physical therapy was just as effective as Arthroscopic surgery.
Another study which supports the treatment approach that we use here at Belmar Physical Therapy is titled Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in
Osteoarthritis of the Knee. This study found that patients treated with specific manual therapy techniques and supervised therapy had significant improvement in self-perceptions of pain, stiffness, and functional ability with total distance walked in 6 minutes. A significant reduction in the need for Total Knee Replacement was also noted. Did the results last? YES, these reported benefits were still present at 1 year!! Many of the patients reported a 20% to 40% reduction in symptoms after only 2 to 3 visits and the entire program only required 8 clinical visits.
“Can I do these exercise at home?” Sure, but in the first instance, these exercises should be supervised by a physical therapist and combined with manual therapy by a licensed physical therapist.
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