physical therapy

A relatively small study--50 patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery vs. 50 controls getting PT alone--showed a significant benefit for the surgery. But complications occurred with surgery. Some of the nonsurgical patients elected surgery later. While not definitive, surgery works well for most with knee OA.
When looking at the numbers, about 10 percent of visits to primary care doctors are related to back and neck pain. And we spend about $86 billion a year taking care of this kind of pain. But, according to a new study