Do Knee Injuries Always Require Surgery, Part II: The Friend Responds!
In a previous post on knee injuries, I scored an individual point against my oldest friend regarding best practices when sustaining a knee injury. In that post, I *did* claim I would check with my friend to make sure my facts were straight.
So, in the interest of diligent…bloggerism, here is her response:
My Friend’s Reply
Wait a second before counting the score, blogger! Though I know I don’t have the expertise to diagnose myself, I figured:
- I was most likely to have a meniscus tear.
- I did leave a message for my doctor about my injury, but her office never called back.
- I was looking at the [reputed hospital connected to reputed medical university] site [in order to] try to make an appointment (site address retracted to protect the innocent. I mean: me) [It was then] that I read these magic words.
Knee Injuries – we encourage our patients to try self-care remedies – rest, ice, decreased activity and over-the- counter anti-inflammatory medications – prior to seeking medical treatment for minor knee pain after injury. If pain persists after these measures, or if the injury is severe, our knee specialists can evaluate the problem and offer the best treatment options for your condition. Common causes of knee pain include a) Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, b) Meniscus injury, c) Problems affecting the kneecap (patella), d) Sprains, strain, e)Tendonitis and bursitis, f) Torn cartilage
I followed their instructions (except for the ice because I’m always cold), and my pain did not persist.
Presto! Healed knee (at least mostly!) with no visit to the doctor.
What’s more, I happened upon an article in the New York Times about the “uselessness” of so many prescribed surgeries, including that for a torn meniscus.
I’m not competitive or anything, but we’re at a tie at best, old friend.
Um: Haha! (Ha?)
Ok, well. My friend did have some good research to back up her decisions. And she did follow advice from a quality resource with due diligence. Further, there also seems credence to the Times’s article. However, I have *this* to add.
Surgery Medically and Carefully Considered
It’s important to point out *who* the people and institutions are prescribing the surgery. They should be people and places you trust.
Take North American Spine (NAS), for example. NAS is an outpatient clinic that performs minimally invasive surgery for spine injuries. Their website states their mission is, “to help as many people as possible…sometimes this leads the patient to one of our procedures, and sometimes it leads the patient to other treatments…every patient presents a unique challenge…that’s why we…determine the best course of treatment for you – whether or not it is a procedure that we provide.”
We feel the same at Onward Orthopedics. Helping people, using the less invasive, disruptive means to their lives, mean a lot to many medical professionals. You just have to do your homework to find the ones you trust.
Final Score (Amended)
Ok, ok. I’ll take a tie. At least it’s better than runner-up for Outstanding Senior in English Award in high school. OK! I’m not *completely* sure I was runner-up? But, let’s just say a certain Irish-American English teacher we both knew gave me a tip off-the-record.
Man, that still hurts. I’ll take aging over high school awards night, any day!
FINAL SCORE = TIE
- ‘Our Mission & Philosophy L North American Spine’. 2016. Accessed October 10, 2016. https://northamericanspine.com/about/our-mission/.
- BERGER, LESLIE. Spinal Fusion – Surgery Procedures & Risks – NY Times Health Information. October 7, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/surgery/spinal-fusion/overview.html.
- ‘Why Aren’t More Hospitals Performing Minimally Invasive Surgeries?’. North American Spine. August 3, 2016. https://northamericanspine.com/uncategorized/why-arent-more-hospitals-performing-minimally-invasive-surgeries/.