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Step Up to Therapy After a Meniscus Tear

The menisci, two semicircular pieces of knee cartilage located where the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) meet, help diffuse the forces on the knee and act as shock absorbers. Meniscal tears are common. Young athletes often tear a meniscus when twisting with the knee flexed and the foot firmly planted. Older adults may […]

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The Recipe to Relieve a Baker Cyst

If you suffer from knee pain, the culprit might be a Baker cyst, an accumulation of joint fluid that creates a bulge at the back of the knee. The bulge is noticeable, and a physician can usually diagnose it accurately by taking a history and feeling for the swelling behind the knee. Most people will […]

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Is surgery better than physical therapy if you have arthritis and meniscal tears?

Absolutely NOT. In a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine (Katz, J. N., Surgery versus Physical Therapy for a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis. March 19, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1301408) researchers looked at over 351 patients 45 years or older that reported knee pain while suffering from meniscal tears and mild to moderate arthritis. […]

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Why You Need Crutches After Meniscus Surgery

If only surgical treatment worked so perfectly that the patient would hop off the operating table, cured, with no painful recovery required. For knee surgery, that is not the case. Today, most surgical procedures on the crescent-shaped, fibrous knee joint cartilage called the meniscus are performed with tiny incisions, cameras and instruments. Thus, the recovery […]

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