A recent study of nearly 86,000 subjects found the treatment for knee arthritis did not follow research supported clinical practice guidelines. The study showed physicians heavily used steroid and hyaluronic acid (HA) injections - 46% and 18% of the time - despite little evidence to support these interventions. More sadly physical therapy was used only13% of the time, despite PT being an evidenced based and cost effective treatment.
The total cost for care for the subjects' knee OA was reflected by HA injections at 29.2%, which the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon's classifies this treatment as "strongly - cannot recommend". Meanwhile PT only reflected a total cost of roughly 10%.
PT is a cost effective treatment for knee pain. Call today for a consult!