Thomas Physical Therapy April 2018


It’s Not Your Only Option

Essentially, this means that expensive, painful, and potentially dangerous surgery, which forces patients off their feet for weeks, may be easily avoided. Issues as widespread as knee osteoarthritis or tears of the meniscus can be corrected in other ways.

Clinic/ Workshop Upcoming Workshops Over the last few years, a number of studies have come out questioning the efficacy of surgery for this condition. While it’s true that arthroscopic surgery generally does result in positive outcomes for patients, they’re virtually identical to the outcomes of noninvasive exercises and treatments in the long run. MARK YOUR CALENDAR We have a summer full of workshops and clinics that are open to you! *Note: All clinics/workshops are from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Knee osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of disability in the world, affecting an estimated 250 million people across the globe and over 10 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. If you expand this number to include tears of the meniscus, it increases to 1 in 4 people over 50 years of age. Pain from knee osteoarthritis or meniscal tears can differ in important ways, but both problems can result in a debilitating condition that will diminish the sufferer’s quality of life. It’s no surprise, then, that so many patients turn to their doctors for advice on treating osteoarthritis or a tear in their meniscus. It often seems that surgery is the only option for a substantial recovery. But an array of new research indicates that surgery is rarely the best course of action for these particular conditions. Just last year, the respected British Medical Journal released new recommendations strongly steering physicians away from advising their patients to undergo arthroscopic surgery for either knee osteoarthritis or meniscal tears. Instead, they suggest noninvasive treatment methods like watchful waiting, weight loss if overweight, and physical therapy.

Still, a substantial number of doctors rush to surgery as the only option for their patients, perhaps because they’re unaware or disagree with these 2017 recommendations. Of course, it’s important to trust your physician and listen carefully to the advice they give, but you should consider every possible alternative. Taking a few months to see if conservative treatment will solve your knee problem can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of pain and struggle.


With Lemon Breadcrumbs

Spring is the height of asparagus season. This dish, which features the crunch of breadcrumbs and a refreshing splash of lemon, is the perfect way to highlight the natural flavors of the vegetable without overwhelming them.


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1 cup panko breadcrumbs

2 pounds asparagus

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1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil



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2 teaspoons lemon zest

Kosher salt

Juice of one lemon (not packaged lemon juice)

Freshly ground pepper

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2 garlic cloves, minced


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1. Heat oven to 425 F. Toss

Recipe courtesy of serving platter, drizzle with lemon juice, and top with breadcrumb mixture. heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and fold in parsley and lemon zest.

asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on baking

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sheet and bake for 20–26 minutes, turning asparagus halfway through. 2. When asparagus is nearly

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3. Transfer asparagus to

done, heat remaining olive oil in a small skillet over medium

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