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Comparing Knee Cartilage Surgery Versus Standard Physical Therapy in Treating People With a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis


Partial Meniscectomy Versus Nonoperative Management in Meniscal Tear With OA: A Randomized Controlled Trial (MeTeOR)




There are two cartilage structures, called menisci, in each knee joint. A torn meniscus can be caused by a traumatic injury or aging-related degeneration. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of another type of cartilage that covers the end of bones within a joint. In people who have knee OA, a meniscal tear can easily lead to disability. This study will compare the effectiveness of two recommended treatments, surgery and physical therapy, for people with a torn meniscus and knee OA.

Study Status: Active, not recruiting


Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoarthritis Procedure: Arthroscopic partial menisectomy
Other: Standard physical therapy
Other: Postoperative rehabilitative physical therapy
Phase 2

Verified by Brigham and Women`s Hospital February, 2012

Sponsored by: Brigham and Women`s Hospital
Information provided by: Brigham and Women`s Hospital identifier: NCT00597012

Study Type: Interventional

Study Design: Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
United States

Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS., Principal Investigator

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