It’s not uncommon to see sufferers of knee pain in Bergen County and elsewhere to choose (and be recommended) surgery as a means to ease their troubles. A study published on the New England Journal of Medicine, however, seems to contradict this. In it, osteoarthritis patients who choose arthroscopic knee surgery for their pain actually do so for nothing, since the procedure is shown to work no better than a placebo surgery.
What gives? Isn’t surgery the most direct way to fix a bad knee? According to surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard-affiliate institution, surgery isn’t exactly a be-all end-all solution. They observed 351 osteoarthritic men and women, with half being subjected to a six-week physical therapy program and the other half undergoing surgery.