I’ve been there. Sitting in the specialist’s office, being told I’ve really only got one option for my knee pain.
He said I NEEDED surgery.
And if I DIDN’T let him cut into my aching knees to clean out the worn meniscus cartilage, my pain would only get worse… and worse.
Well, friend, I limped right out of there and never looked back.
If I had listened to him, I’d likely STILL be limping. Plus, I might have a painkiller habit to boot.
Because as it turns out, the meniscus surgery he tried to sell me on – the one performed on nearly one million Americans EVERY YEAR – is little more than a sham.
Wildly popular knee procedure DOESN’T work
Researchers from the world-famous Johns Hopkins School of Medicine say they found NO evidence to back this surgery for common knee pain in seniors.
Even when the meniscus is all chewed up like an old dog toy from the wear-and-tear of age, going in and “cleaning it up” makes no real difference in outcomes.
This isn’t exactly a shocker, to be honest. Multiple trials over the past few years have shown the surgery is ineffective for treating every day wear-and-tear knee pain (but may help with traumatic injury to the knee, such as sports injury).
In one memorable study, researchers found the procedure was LITERALLY no more effective than “sham” surgery. You know the kind I’m talking about. Sham surgeries are when they fake a procedure for research purposes, but it never actually happens.
The surgery DIDN’T ease folk’s knee pain. And it DIDN’T improve their mobility any more than that sham, either.
Yet docs keep doing it. In fact, it makes up two-thirds of all common knee arthroscopic surgeries. And it’s especially common among seniors who naturally have more miles on their achy knees.
My guess? The $10,000 bill for each operation is the main reason they’ll keep doing it… and keep trying to talk patients into it… despite the evidence. Just like they tried to do with me.
Nix your knee pain WITHOUT surgery or painkillers
Here’s the good news. I may have limped out of that clinic after rejecting surgery, but I’m not limping anymore. And you don’t have to either.
My knee pain is under control. Sure, my knees have their “good days” and “bad days,” like everything else. But I’m back on my feet, and I don’t think I’ll ever need surgery.
The team behind these studies finds that a little ordinary physical therapy can be just as effective at easing knee pain as surgery.
Plus, there’s no post-surgery pain and recovery… no need for painkillers to deal with that post-op pain… and no risk of infection from the procedure itself.
Meanwhile, for quick knee pain relief, as you get over the hump with the help of PT, try MY go-to, a topical pain reliever with capsaicin and menthol. Just a little rub and… ahhhh… blessed relief. You’ll be back on your feet again in no time.