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Old 01-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #3
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That arthroscopy is not useful for arthritis in the knee is fairly old news; recent studies have merely confirmed what was known (but what some orthopedists were unwilling to admit). As for a meniscal tear not being painful, imagine a tear in your bed pillow, and imagine your head resting on that pillow. Whether your head pokes through to the bed beneath (and produces pain) depends on where the tear is and where your head is resting. So it is with the knee, bulges of arthritic bone being analagous to your head.
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