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Knee Exercises – Not Surgery

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

A new study just released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that surgery for arthritis of the knees is ineffective. In the study, all subjects received traditional physical therapy, a home program and glucosamine. The subjects who also underwent surgery were initially better than the control group, but after six months, there were no differences between the groups.
Interestingly, the physical therapy treatment that subjects received was based on a 1999 systemic review of knee therapies. Had the study used more recent exercise protocols based on the current knee rehabilitation literature, the results may have been even more in favor of non-surgical treatments for knee pain.
The bottom line – exercising helps with knee pain. The Strong Knees DVD, which has a comprehensive knee exercise routine, is available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released as of early December.

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