Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

Study: Therapy as good as surgery for knee repair

[USA TODAY]

Research shows that physical therapy can show the same benefits as knee surgery for some common injuries.
Research shows that physical therapy can show the same benefits as knee surgery for some common injuries.

You might not want to rush into knee surgery. Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes.

Therapy didn’t always help and some people wound up having surgery for the problem, called a torn meniscus. But those who stuck with therapy had improved as much six months and one year later as those who were given arthroscopic surgery right away, researchers found.

Learn more about alternatives to some common knee injuries at USA Today.