The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study showing physical therapy to be as effective as surgery for some patients with meniscal tears and osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee was the topic of conversation in today's episode of Move Forward Radio.
Clare Safran-Norton, PT, PhD, MS, OCS, who participated in the MeTeOR Trial (Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthritis: A Random Controlled Trial), discussed the study, which showed no significant differences in functional improvement after 6 months between patients who opted for surgery with postoperative physical therapy and those who received standardized physical therapy alone.
APTA promoted the episode and other supporting consumer resources such as the Physical Therapist's Guide to Meniscal Tear and the Physical Therapist's Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Knee via social media.
Move Forward Radio airs approximately twice a month. Episodes are featured and archived at MoveForwardPT.com, APTA's official consumer information website, and can be streamed online via Blog Talk Radio or downloaded as a podcast via iTunes.
APTA members are encouraged to alert their patients to the radio series and other MoveForwardPT.com resources to help educate the public about the benefits of treatment by a physical therapist. Ideas for future episodes and other feedback can be e-mailed to email@example.com.
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