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Consider Physical Therapy Before Surgery, Says Mahir Reiss
Date:5/15/2013

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 a
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