Knee surgery can be daunting and painful, with high risks and long recovery times. However, several alternatives to traditional knee surgery offer faster healing times and dramatic improvements in pain and function. This article will explore some of the most common alternatives to knee surgery, including physical therapy, steroid injections, and regenerative treatments.
The CDC estimates that by the year 2040, 78.4 million adults aged 18 years and older (25.9% of the projected total adult population) will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Among non-surgical solutions, too often corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid are prescribed as “therapeutic injections”. . See some cautionary RCT evidence about corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections. And, see a compilation of random controlled clinical trials, RCTs, that show how Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections use your body’s own live cells to repair muscle injuries and alleviate joint pain for the long term.