Recently, the results of a study regarding knee pain was published: the patients had knee pain associated with the symptoms of degenerative wear and tear of the meniscus. About half of the patients received surgery and the other half underwent a “sham” (fake) surgery, in which the surgeon made an incision, but did not shave down the rough edges of the meniscus.
Results? A year later, there was no significant difference in the knee pain: “In this trial involving patients without knee osteoarthritis but with symptoms of a degenerative medial meniscus tear, the outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy were no better than those after a sham surgical procedure.”
It’s always best to listen to your body: once knee pain manifests, consider strengthening your leg muscles and learn some specific exercises by consulting a qualified physiotherapist and personal trainer. Acupuncture has shown to help with knee pain as well.
However, if the pain is severe and persisted for a long time, make sure to get at least two expert opinions from orthopedic specialists.