Features July 2010 Issue

Knee Pain: Treat, Repair, or Replace?

Non-surgical treatment often does the trick, but sometimes itís not enough.

The driving force behind the decision to have knee surgery "is pain, not loss of function," says John Bergfeld, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. "But once pain is effectively treated, youíll often find that youíre also more mobile. Thatís why itís important to try non-surgical treatments first, and consider surgery only if those fail."

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