Debilitating knee pain has ravaged the lives of millions of Americans from Paramus, NJ and beyond, and is still doing so year after year. Afflicted individuals have sought out the help of experts to try and ease their pain, which ultimately resulted in the proliferation of a wide variety of treatment options.
One method, however, has been shown to be some sort of fraud after the results of a rather controversial study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Said method has been revealed as arthroscopic knee surgery, which is incidentally the most popular knee pain treatment option in the U.S.—performed about 700,000 times a year and amounting to an estimated $4 billion in all.
Conducted in Finland, the said study observed 146 knee pain sufferers. Split into two groups, one received surgery, while the other underwent a so-called “sham” surgery—that is, a fake intervention where no surgery was actually performed at all. All the patients, aside from knee pain, experience “mechanical” symptoms such as popping, clicking, or locking up of the knee. When the results came, they were quite unprecedented: those who experienced the fake surgery fared almost as better as those who underwent the real thing.
The study’s results raised a lot of eyebrows, but with the fact that researchers included patients who experience knee locking, it seems to exude merit. Dr. Dennis Cardone of the NYU Langone Medical Center claims that when complaints about knee locking are made, surgeons often recommend arthroscopic surgery outright. But then, the study’s participants fared well even when they’re rendered a fake surgery, which then raises questions on the actual need for surgery in the first place.
If, however, surgery isn’t exactly a reliable knee pain treatment method, what is, then? Fortunately, that question has been answered with the introduction of hyaluronic injections. Made from a compound called hyaluronan that naturally occurs in the body, these injections are intended to directly lubricate the joints and make them work like they’re supposed to, without the debilitating pain. Injections can be of great help for those whose knee pain is caused by tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, gout, and cartilage tears (most notably the meniscus, which is an important factor in the aforementioned study).
Fortunately, hyaluronic knee pain injections are not hard to come by. Providers are all around the nation, such as MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, which primarily serves Hackensack, NJ and nearby locales.
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Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little For Some, Study Suggests, New York Times, December 25, 2013