New York Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy

Research Shows Physical Therapy Is a Better Long Term Treatment for Patients Suffering from Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tears

Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthrities Research (METEOR) study revealed findings that surgery is not always the best approach to take for patients suffering from osteoarthritis and meniscal tears.


Scarsdale, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/11/2014 -- “Whether arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for symptomatic patients with a meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis results in better functional outcomes than non-operative therapy is uncertain.” This is what the New England Journal of Medicine study wanted to prove in their recent study. The research later on identified that there is a need to persuade health care providers re-assess their approach to the administration with meniscal tears and osteoarthritis.

Too often, medical practitioners are confused about the bigger contributor to the pain patients feel when they suffer from both osteoarthritis and meniscal tear. Findings of the study Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthrities Research (METEOR) yielded results showing no major variation in functional improvement six months after the patients were subjected to treatments with either post-operative physical therapy or standard physical therapy alone. The same result was yielded after 12 months of treatment.

Showing no significant differences from six to twelve months of therapy, it was later on concluded by the researchers that a dedicated physical therapy routine of patients suffering from both osteoarthritis and meniscal tear. This regiment should be their primary aid. Orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine doctors, physical therapists, family physicians, and the patients themselves must make use of the results of METEOR study’s findings when deciding on which approach should be taken for the treatment.

Patients experiencing intense pains, and those who have active lifestyles like the athletes, usually resort to prioritizing surgery. Results of the mentioned study shows that investing in long term physical therapy program would be a better option since it gives a better understand of the condition of the patient and a safer and more proper way of treating them. Based on METEOR study, “Patients who were given standardized physical therapy—individualized treatment and a progressive home exercise program—had the choice of “crossing over” to surgery if significant improvements were not demonstrated. Thirty percent of patients crossed over to surgery during the first six months. At twelve months these patients reported similar outcomes compared to those who initially had surgery. Seventy percent of patients remained with standardized physical therapy.”

What the study revealed plays an important role for physical therapists to help their patients understand that surgery is not always the best approach to take. Physical therapy may in fact help in the avoidance of a surgery which has impending dangers, are costly, and may or may not specifically offer benefits to the patients.

NY Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy, PLLC is one physical therapy provider in Manhattan who provides the most up-to-date techniques. Their goal is to provide patients with the best care and latest treatments. With their individualized one-on-one sessions, every patient expects to receive the best care that would make them live life to the fullest!

About NY Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy
Owned and operated by Karn Santikul, DPT, COMT, CSCS, NYSSPT is an outpatient, private practice located in Scarsdale and upper east side of Manhattan. They focus on manual therapies and sports-specific rehabilitation. Their goal is to provide patients with the best care and latest treatments, from the most up-to-date techniques of the industry with the best Physical Therapists delivering it. Their treatments include hands-on manual therapy from joint mobilizations, soft tissue mobilizations, myofascial release, Graston technique, and Kinesio Taping. NYSSPT think this is the best way for their customer to heal as quickly and safely as possible.

New York Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy emphasizes on the hands-on approach consisting of manual therapy such as trigger point release, myofascial therapy, mobilizations, Graston technique, expert guidance and individualized exercises that are necessary for the patron’s recovery. The different physical therapy modalities such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, moist heat, are only a small portion of the physical therapy care a patient receives in their offices. Their patients receive individualized one-on-one sessions. They provide the best care so patrons can get back to living life to the fullest.