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Surgery Does Little for Arthritic Knees

April 12, 2008 | 41,478 views
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knee scanTrimming damaged tissue through arthroscopic knee surgery does not relive pain and swelling in arthritic knees any better than simply flushing loose debris from the joint, according to new research.

The findings are based on three randomized studies, one of which found the treatments produced similar results in pain and physical function after two years. The other two studies produced low-quality evidence, according to researchers.

Potential side effects of arthroscopic surgery include a risk of infection and blood clots. Further, the surgery does not stop the progression of osteoarthritis, and symptoms are likely to return over time.

Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease that affects your hands, hips, shoulders and knees, especially in older people. The condition causes joint cartilage to break down, and loose bits of tissue can then cause pain, swelling and poor joint function.

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Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Arthroscopic knee surgery is one of the most unnecessary and useless surgeries out there. It works no better than a placebo surgery, and the proof of this was published in one of the most well-respected medical journals on the planet.

Despite this monumental finding, and numerous studies like the one above, 650,000 people in the United States undergo arthroscopic knee surgery every year. And with a cost of about $5,000 per procedure, that adds up to over $3 billion every year spent on a needless and non beneficial surgery.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Often, what prompts people to receive arthroscopic surgery is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in your joint deteriorates, causing bone to rub against bone, and leading to pain and loss of movement.

This is the most common form of arthritis in the United States, and usually occurs in the older age group. It is more frequent in women than in men. The disease results from structural changes in the articular cartilage in the joints, usually those that are weight-bearing such as your spine and knees.

Potential contributing factors to this condition include:

  • Obesity
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Continuous physical stress
  • Glandular insufficiency
  • Shortage of hydrochloric acid

Natural Options for Treating Osteoarthritis

Surgery is the absolute LAST option to consider if you’re feeling pain and stiffness in your joints due to osteoarthritis. Again, please carefully review the major study that found arthroscopic surgery to work no better than placebo.

The patients truly believed that this expensive, invasive procedure would fix their problem, and superficially it appeared to do just that. But the same thing happened with those who received the placebo -- a placebo unknown to them, of course.

What really healed their bodies were their own minds.

This is amazing testimony to the power your brain has at inducing healing changes in your body. Remember that whatever you focus your conscious attention on in the real world will typically be achieved. That is precisely what happened with this study.

So here you have a real world study, published in a respected journal, providing the theoretical underpinnings of why the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and the principles of The New Biology, work. So in dealing with pain, don’t underestimate the power of your mind -- check out my EFT page to find out how you can begin to harness its power.

Also, for a good look at how EFT can help arthritis see 22 Years of Pain from Degenerative Arthritis Gone after Persistent EFT.

And, to help with the structural issues that can contribute to osteoarthritis, here are my top recommendations:


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