Research Updates

Common knee surgery usually unhelpful, may be harmful

Gabrielle Lis

Evidence accumulates against arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, a common surgical procedure intended to reduce knee pain and improve function in middle to older aged patients.

Degenerative injuries can be considered compensable if work has aggravated or contributed to the problem. Approximately 25% of people older than 50 years experience knee pain from degenerative knee disease. Surgery is sometimes recommended as an appropriate treatment. Does this serve injured workers, employers and insurers well? One explanation for the pain associated with degenerative knee disease is that it is caused by a tear to the meni...

Continue reading... Login >>

Not a subscriber? Find out more >>