I am a myth-buster! Myth-busting at musculoskeletal issues…

Yes, call me a myth-buster!  In my recent family medicine journal there is a fantastic article (with research to back up their recommendations) that helps with musculoskeletal issues.  Which of these categories do you fit in?!

Are you a middle-aged patient with a meniscal tear (and little to no arthritis in that knee)?  If so, consider NOT having arthroscopic surgery as long-term outcomes with pain or function may be better after conservative management of physical therapy.

Do you have knee pain with degenerative joint disease?  If so, injections of (expensive) hyaluronic acid help only minimally more than placebo injections.

If you have knee osteoarthritis consider buying normal walking shoes, not “specially-designed walking shoes” as they both help with pain and function the same

If you have chronic low back pain, consider physical therapy to help for pain and disability, only have a lumbar fusion surgery as a last resort.

If you have chronic non-cancer pain, avoid long-acting opioids.  Long-acting opioids significantly increase the risk of premature death.

More myth-busting to come…

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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