Is Knee Surgery Really Needed?
The web is full of articles about knee surgery and how more and more people are opting for this painful solution to osteoarthritis. However a study recently concluded that there may be a way to avoid such an operation completely.
A study was conducted in a large military hospital in Texas recently indicating that physical therapy consisting of manual therapy, stretching and strengthening as an exercise regimen may help people with osteoarthritis of the knee avoid a knee joint replacement surgery.
During the study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to two groups.The first group of 42 patients received treatment consisting of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise twice a week for four weeks.The second group of 41 patients received a placebo treatment where they received ultrasound in a dosage far below a therapeutic level. The mean age of the partipants was 60 and 62 years respectively.
Results were measured at four weeks, eight weeks, and one year post-treatment. The study reports that “Clinically and statistically significant improvements were observed in the treatment group but not in the placebo group”.
The study also reports that “the average distance walked in the treatment group was 170 more than that in the placebo group. At one year, patients in the treatment group had clinically and statistically significant gains over baseline in walking distance. While 20 percent of patients in the placebo group had undergone knee arthroplasty, only 5 percent of patients in the treatment group had.”
The study concluded with a statement saying “In patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, a combination of manual physical therapy and stretching, range-of-motion, and strengthening exercises may yield improvements in functional ability as well as in subjective measures of pain, stiffness, and function and may delay or prevent the need for surgical intervention. These improvements may persist well after the conclusion of clinical treatment.”
When physical exercise is indicated for a problematic knee due to osteoarthritis one of the most effective physical therapy solutions is the LEGTUTOR. The LEGTUTOR consists of a safe comfortable leg brace with position sensors that precisely record three dimensional (3D) hip and knee movements.The LEGTUTOR has a range of motion limiter that can limit the dynamic range of knee extension and flexion. Rehabilitation games allow the patient to exercise Range of Motion (ROM), speed and accuracy of movement. The LEGTUTOR facilitates evaluation and treatment of the lower extremity including isolated and combined hip and knee movements.
The LEGTUTOR and its sister physical therapy products (HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and 3DTUTOR) are one of the most cost effective medical devices available for what it accomplishes. Currently in use in leading U.S. and European hospitals and clinics the TUTOR system is fully certified by the FDA and CE and can be used by children as well as adults. They are also available for use in the patient’s home via telerehabilitation. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.