View Full Version : Making Choices: Surgery or Therapeutic Treatment?

12-03-2009, 03:57 AM
Let's say you have osteoarthritis - perhaps the most frequent disorder of locomotors system. It is often treated with a surgical procedure to clean out debris in the joint, using a tiny scope inserted directly into the knee. However more and more researches point out fact that the surgery works, but no better than other treatments. Dr. Kalousek is a rheumatologist from Spa-resorts.cz says - surgery doesn't stop the arthritic process.

Interestingly American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) encourages patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Doctor Kalousek confidences that beside health SPA treatments (http://www.spa-resorts.cz/eng/index.php) everyone can protect joints from osteoarthritis or for sure slow its progression simply by following suggestions:

-Reduce weight. Just remember that every kilogram lost reduces the load exerted on the knee for each step by 4 pound.

-Get active. Training strengthens the muscles around joints, which can prevent cartilage from wearing down.

-Stay straight. Good position protects the neck, back, hip and knee joints.

-Don't stay immobile when sitting. Changing positions can reduce joint and muscle stiffness.

-Lift carefully. Use your biggest and strongest joints and muscles when carrying & lifting to avoid straining smaller joints.

-Take a rest. Rest between periods of heavy activity to avoid repetitive stress on joints that can accelerate wear and tear.

In other words therapeutic treatment is a good option of surgical operation in many cases!

12-03-2009, 02:19 PM
You find it interesting that a physical therapist association recommends physical therapy?? It would only be interesting if they DIDN'T. And the doctor involved with spas recommends spa treatments!!! When you have a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail

12-04-2009, 06:45 AM
Arthroscopic surgery is limited to actually treating only a few specific problems, like a torn meniscus.
If there are multiple tiny micro fractures in the menisci, and an inflammatory reaction in the joint capsule, arthroscopy won't be a help and the measures you outlined above will be more appropriate. Not sure there is a need to anything at a spa though.