Study Questions Value of Common Knee Surgery

Procedure to repair a torn meniscus worked no better than a fake one to ease lingering pain

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And Felson said meniscal repairs might still be useful for people who suddenly injure their knees, like those who play sports.

But for those who have knee pain that comes on gradually and lingers without relief, Felson said medical treatment with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication appears to be the best option.

"I think that's what you do," he said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more on knee pain and knee surgery.

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