Knees get old. What to do? AAOS speaks up

The knees tend to flavor RV choices for the ‘retired’ set especially. It flavors why many transition from a trailer to a motorhome or even just part the RV. That is one reason why there are so many products, ideas, and techniques that are promoted to reduce knee pain and improve function, Science Based Medicine summarizes a review of the solutions to knee osteoarthritis.

“The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has just issued a 1200 page report evaluating the evidence for various treatments for knee osteoarthritis short of total knee replacement surgery. A 13 page summary is available online. They have done the heavy lifting for us, reviewing all the available scientific studies for evidence of effectiveness.”

It is easy to spend money to feel better. The real question is whether that expense is effective. When it comes to medicine, especially, just spending money can have a positive effect – at least for a while. Some things may even be more effective for you than for everyone else. For the long term, though, it is usually best to know the evidence, the risk, and the odds. That is what the AAOS study is all about.

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