Making Choices: Surgery or Therapeutic Treatment?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by HovardGagees, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. HovardGagees

    HovardGagees New User

    Dec 2, 2009
    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 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 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!
  2. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Nov 24, 2004
    New Jersey
    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
  3. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    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.

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