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Knee Surgeries May Not Work

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Knee Surgeries May Not Work Losing weight may be the best way to eliminate knee pain. A recent study showed that arthroscopic surgeries may not alleviate knee pain down the line.

In a review of many different studies on arthroscopic knee surgery, as little as three months after surgery, patients claimed reoccurring knee pain. Moreover, surgery can have dangerous side-effects including blood clots and infection that could lead to more serious conditions. There are more than 4 million knee arthroscopy procedures done worldwide with 700,000 of them in the U.S. alone according to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

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"Some of this is patient demand,"
Dr. David Teuscher, President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention shares knee pain has become very common with more than 5.7 million visits to the doctor for knee pain each year. But losing weight may be the key to eliminating many types of knee pain. Knees support the bulk of the weight on the body and for even a 5 pound weight loss can reduce pressure in the knee up to 5 times or 25 pounds of weight.

Even pain relievers like acetaminophen do not help with knee pain caused by arthritis. Strengthening the muscles around the joint is suggested.


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