a protocol for a double-blind, randomized sham-controlled multi-centre trial
Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy has been shown to be of no benefit to patients with concomitant knee osteoarthritis, but the optimal treatment of a degenerative meniscus tear in patients with mild or no knee osteoarthritis is unknown. This article describes the rationale and methodology of a randomized sham-controlled trial to assess the benefit of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy of a medial meniscus tear in patients with mild or no knee osteoarthritis. The objective of the study is to test whether the benefit from arthroscopic partial meniscectomy in patients with knee pain, medial meniscus lesion and mild/no knee osteoarthritis, is greater after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy than following sham surgery.
B M C Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2013, Vol 14
Arthralgia; Arthroscopy; Biomechanics; Denmark; Disability Evaluation; Double-Blind Method; Female; Health Care Costs; Humans; Knee Injuries; Male; Menisci, Tibial; Middle Aged; Muscle Strength; Osteoarthritis, Knee; Pain Measurement; Prospective Studies; Recovery of Function; Research Design; Severity of Illness Index; Time Factors; Treatment Outcome; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't