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Knee Surgery, head injuries, cortisone injections, NSAIDS and Harry Potter: Updates from the American Academy of PMR Annual Assembly 2018

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Just back from my specialty’s annual conference, I’d like to share my favorite topic headlines from the sessions I attended in the 2 days I was there.  While most of this information reconfirms what I already know, hearing that cortisone injections may protect cartilage in small and limited doses was wonderful to hear.  Read on for a brief summary:

1) Surgery for meniscus tears are a last resort.There is rarely need to have arthroscopic knee surgery to “repair” or remove a damaged meniscus.Over the age of 35, this surgery is contraindicated due to a 20-40% failure rate, the degenerative nature of the meniscus, and the fact that after meniscus surgery, only 50% of patients get symptom relief.In the US, the rate of meniscus surgeries far surpasses those of other countries.Treatment standards include icing, exercises without pain, physical therapy treatments, and cautious activity for 8-12 weeks.For meniscus tears that remain symptomatic, conservative treatment may include Platelet Rich …