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Got knee pain? Is surgery the best option?

By Gordon Cohen MD PhD FACS, Chief Medical Officer at PRO Sports Club

SPONSORED — Like it or not, life can really be a pain in the knees. In fact, a hefty percentage of adults will at some point experience knee pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 percent of adults report experiencing chronic knee pain. When knee pain strikes, you might ask this common question: Do I need surgery?

There are a number of things you can do before surgery is indicated. Reducing your weight can have a significant impact on the amount of knee pain you have. In addition, there are other things that can help, like injecting steroids, doing low impact activities or seeing a physical therapist. But unfortunately, for some people these conservative treatments don’t help. What do you do next? Do you have surgery and if so, what’s the benefit of surgery and what type of surgery do you have?

The answer is: it has to be decided on a case by case basis. If you have arthritis and a meniscal tear (which is the pad or the shock absorber that exists between the bones that are a part of the knee joint) the pain is likely from the arthritis and not the tear. In this case, arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus is not going to reduce the pain from the arthritis. A total knee replacement may be indicated. However, if you have mechanical symptoms such as popping or catching or locking of the knee, then arthroscopic surgery can be a benefit. People need to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

When you have knee pain, getting back to a normal and active life often requires lifestyle changes — whether or not you’ve gone through knee surgery. And it’s beneficial to have a team working with you to give you all the tools you need for success. At PRO Sports Club, there are state-of-the-art physical therapy clinics with scientifically researched physical therapy treatments to help injured joints or muscles. And PRO Sports Club 20/20 Lifestyles program is built on extensive clinical expertise that blends together education, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle coaching, and medical supervision. This unique medically-based program uses sound science to help you lose weight, keep it off, and get your health back in balance which can have a significant impact on reducing knee or joint pain.

For more information on 20/20 Lifestyles or other programs at PRO Sports Club, visit or 20/20

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