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STUDY COMPARES MENISCAL TEAR TREATMENT - PHYSICAL THERAPY (PT) VS SURGERY (MAR 2013)

BACKGROUND: The meniscus is a cartilage pad that sits on top of the tibia bone. It forms a rim of cartilage that the femur sits in where the two bones articulate (knee joint). Meniscal tears have been observed in up to 35% of people aged 50 years and older, and two-thirds of these tears do not cause symptoms. Meniscal tears are often treated surgically in a procedure where the tear is trimmed away. In the U.S., more than 465,000 meniscal repairs are performed annually.

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