A Critical Appraisal of "Surgery versus Physical Therapy for a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis"
"Surgery versus Physical Therapy for a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis" effectively employs a randomized, controlled trial and uses credible outcome measures and statistical analyses. Current literatures from primary sources are often used in the study's defense as well. Several limitations impact this study, however. 35% of physical therapy alone group patients crossed over to surgery within one year, severely impacting the aim and goal. Physical therapy protocols were also unstandardized regarding exercises and number of treatments. Efficacy of physical therapy treatment is thus hard to conclude. Overall, many takeaways can be gained from this study's results although its limitations limit these takeaways to generalizations.