Conservative Care as Effective as Surgery for Symptomatic Meniscal Tear

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine evaluating patients with symptomatic meniscal tears of the knee and osteoarthritis noted that patients undergoing conservative care did equally well as those who underwent arthroscopic surgery.  An editor for the journal recommended that  “nonoperative treatment is a reasonable first strategy, with surgery reserved for the minority…

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Serial MRI Not Correlated to Prognosis of Spine Conditions

Sciatica is a relatively common condition.  The prognosis in most cases is favorable, with spontaneous resolution of leg pain typically within 8 weeks in the majority of patients.  A recent randomized trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed 283 patients treated for sciatica and/or disc herniations who underwent either conservative care or…

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