June 18, 2020: When studies get published in the respected New England Journal of Medicine, the medical community takes note. Gail Deyle is lead author of one such study on the benefits of physical therapy versus steroid injections for knee osteoarthritis.
The study found that people with knee OA had less pain and more mobility after receiving physical therapy than people who got up to three cortisone shots during the same period. Their research also supports a series of other evidence pointing to the benefit of physical therapy for knee OA.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Gail talks about why this study is so noteworthy and what anyone with knee OA should know.
Why, with the many drawbacks of steroid injections, are more people getting them than are offered physical therapy? Gail sheds light on this and busts the myths that physical therapy is painful or takes longer than injections to ease pain.
What other benefits does physical therapy offer that make it a superior choice, both short- and long-term, to manage this chronic condition? Can physical therapy delay or even eliminate the need for a risky knee replacement surgery? Gail answers these and other questions and tells what people can do to increase the possibility of keeping the knees they were born with as late into life as possible.
Here’s our conversation with Gail.
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Gail Deyle, PT, DPT, DSc, a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, is an internationally recognized expert in orthopedic conditions and physical therapy interventions. He is a professor with Baylor University Graduate School and senior faculty member of the physical therapy doctoral fellowship program at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.