Knee injury: Study reveals effects of exercise on recovery procedure
.Researchers suggested that supervised exercise therapy be considered a treatment option for middle-aged patients with this type of knee damage,Health news reported.
They identified 140 affected adults (average age 50 years),almost all of whom had no definitive x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis. Half of the patients received a supervised exercise programme over 12 weeks (two-three sessions each week) and half received arthroscopic surgery followed by simple daily exercises to perform at home.
Thigh muscle strength was assessed at three months and knee function was recorded at two years. No clinically relevant difference was found between the two groups for outcomes such as pain, function in sport and recreation, and knee-related quality of life.
Of all participants in the exercise group, 13 crossed over to surgery during the follow-up period with no additional benefits.
Our results should encourage clinicians and middle aged patients with degenerative meniscal tear and no radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis to consider supervised structured exercise therapy as a treatment option," University of Helsinki researcher Teppo Jarvinen said.