Early rehab lowers later use of opioids, injections, and knee surgery

When it comes to rehab of individuals with nontraumatic knee pain (NTKP), authors of a new study found it’s evident that the “sooner the better” in regards to therapy. Implicating that the sooner these patients receive treatment the less likely to subsequently use drugs, injection therapies, and surgeries.

The research defined rehab as “exercise or other nonpharmacological services or procedures that are recommended as early stage management options for patients with NTKP.”

This definition of rehabilitation includes:

  • nutritional counseling
  • functional training
  • physical agents
  • manipulation
  • manual therapy

When it comes to later use of drugs, nonsurgical invasive procedures, and surgery, early rehabilitation seems to make the difference.”

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