San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013
Mahir Reiss, a physical therapist, has issued a statement to the press regarding a new article debating the merits of trying physical therapy before committing to surgery. Sometimes after an injury, surgery is inevitable in order for a complete recovery. However, a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine explains that going under the knife too quickly is not always the best choice. The study found that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery when it comes to healing meniscal tears or mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis.
These findings could change a patient’s approach to dealing with their pesky and painful knee injury. The scientists who conducted the study assigned 351 patients to either a physical therapy regimen or surgery. They explained that if the physical therapy plan failed to work, the individual could then switch and get surgery. Some of the participants opted to get surgery within the first six months of the study, but the research also found that within six to 12 months, the two groups showed startlingly similar results. Those who participated in physical therapy experienced just as much of a recovery as those who went under the knife, except this group was able to avoid high surgical costs and an invasive procedure.
Mahir Reiss comments on this stating, “This research is certainly promising for the field of physical therapy. In years past, physical therapy was viewed only as an action a person must take after they’ve already had surgery. Now it’s clear that physical therapy is just as viable a solution as an invasive surgical procedure. It is useful to have the ability to provide a patient with a choice that does not involve a costly operation.”
Though the best care options depend on the person’s injury and physical state, Dr. Edward Laskowski of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center acknowledges that many kinds of knee injuries are able to get treated without undergoing surgery. This includes MCL, PCL, and cartilage tears. However, Dr. Laskowski explains that when an ACL is torn, it does not heal very well unless it gets reconstructed.
Despite this information, Dr. Laskowski notes that for those who do not plan to play aggressive sports, skipping surgery in that situation is often an option too. He states, “Even if you’re an avid swimmer or cyclist, you might do fine without surgery, since those sports don’t require as much ACL use.”
Dr. Laskowski comments that for those who are experiencing significant discomfort but can move their leg, physical therapy is often the best way to start the healing process. He notes, “If you have good range of motion, physical therapy may very well settle down the symptoms over time.”
Mahir Reiss supports this statement explaining, “Physical therapy has advanced greatly over the years, and is able to get even serious athletes back on their feet. An injured person should not discount the benefits of physical therapy.” Mahir Reiss explains that pursuing a proactive physical therapy regimen quickly after an injury occurs helps to expedite the healing process.
Mahir Reiss is a San Diego-based physical therapist who owns Reiss and Westwood Physical Therapy. The group uses aquatic therapy, massage, and other methods to provide healing to athletes, elderly individuals, and children. Regardless of the kind of activity level a person hopes to get back to, Dr. Reiss and his staff can help to promote the kind of healing necessary to make it possible to resume a normal schedule.