June 2015 - Orthopaedics Plus

OA Outcomes Improved With Physical Therapy

Adding either manual or exercise physical therapy (PT) to usual care for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and hip can significantly improve pain and stiffness according to 2-year follow-up of a randomized, controlled trial.

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Physical Therapy Before Joint Replacement Surgery Reduces Need for Postoperative Care by Nearly 30%

Physical therapy after total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is standard care for all patients. A new study, appearing in the October 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), also found that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery, or “prehabilitation,” can diminish the need for postoperative care by nearly 30 percent, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postoperative care.

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Physical Therapy Might Trump Knee Surgery

Surgery may not always be the best option for patients. In the case of some knee problems, physical therapy may work just as well and have fewer negative effects.

Many people choose surgery to repair a torn meniscus. But a new study found that this may put patients at high risk for developing arthritis and cartilage loss.

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Researchers Compare Treatment Options for Back Pain

An estimated 400,000 Americans over the age of 60 struggle with back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. For many patients, surgery is not the only option, and a new study shows other treatments may be just as effective for long-term relief of chronic pain.

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