Physical Therapy just as good as surgery for knee pain!

A recent study published in the  New England Journal of Medicine found that physical therapy for knee arthritis and meniscal tears was just as effective than surgery. Both surgical and non surgical groups showed the same amount of improvement in pain and in mobility. So, you may want to think twice about having surgery and doing some physical therapy instead!

Ice or heat?

RICE has been a long standing solution in the physical therapy world when you first get injured but we now know that movement decreases recovery time than just resting, even after surgery. To reduce pain and swelling right after injury is crucial, so use ice for the first 24-48 hours. It will also help decrease muscle spasms. The Washington Post has a great article today on Ice or Heat or a little bit of both? How do you recover from a hard workout?

The body’s natural and immediate response to an acute injury is pain and inflammation so don’t try to continue with your sports or workout activities through pain. See a sports physical therapist at Pure Sports Physical Therapy to help you tackle the root of the problem so you can get back to pain-free function and avoid further injury!