Considering surgery for your knee problem? Exercise may work just as well!
CHAIR OF HEALTH SCIENCES, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
Knee surgery is common. Young adults have their anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed after tearing it when playing sports. Middle-aged people have parts of their meniscus trimmed when they have pain and limited knee mobility. And older people have their knees replaced by metal and plastic when their cartilage has worn out. The idea that there is something mechanically wrong that needs to be fixed with orthopaedic surgery is a compelling idea – but is it right?
It is intuitive to think that when something is broken in the knee, fixing it with surgery is necessary. Research shows this is not necessarily so. During this talk I will share our ground-breaking research where we have compared surgery and exercise therapy as treatment for common knee problems across the life span. These studies can take up to a decade from first thought to publication, are difficult to conduct, report and not the least to disseminate since they challenge common beliefs among patients and treating health care professionals.