Meniscal Tear and Knee Osteoarthritis: Surgical Treatment?

german translation / full article

In a controlled trial 351 symptomatic patients 45 years of age or older with a meniscal tear and evidence of mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis were randomly assigned to surgery and postoperative physical therapy or to a standardized physical-therapy regimen (with the option to cross over to surgery at the discretion of the patient and surgeon). After 6 and 12 months there was no significant difference in functional improvement between the surgical and the physical-therapy group. However, at 6 months, 51 active participants in the study who were assigned to physical therapy alone (30%) had undergone surgery, and 9 patients assigned to surgery (6%) had not undergone surgery.

(State: 11.05.2015)

Latest Issue 10/2020

In Focus

  • Challenges of Acute Care
  • Is it Useful to Determine Hormone Levels in Healthy, Symptom-Free Postmenopausal Women?
  • Detecting Victims of Human Trafficking in Family Practice