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The $4 billion scam aimed at your knees

When it comes to your day being ruined even before it begins, there’s nothing like knee pain.

You can feel it the moment you try to swing your legs out of bed… and sometimes, it hurts so bad that you swing yourself right back in, pull up the covers, and try to go back to sleep.

But you can’t sleep. It hurts too darned much!

Your orthopedist has warned you that a knee replacement might be in your future, but that’s the last thing in the world you want — especially if you’ve seen other folks battling a long and painful recovery from having one.

So he offers you something else: a quick and simple procedure he claims will ease the pain, protect your knees, and delay or even eliminate the need for a knee replacement.

Sound good? Of course it does — but don’t get hoodwinked by the rosy promise of arthroscopic knee surgery on the meniscus, because the latest research confirms that it’s emptier than a campaign vow.

In fact, like any political promise, this one could actually do just the opposite!

Over the course of a decade, seniors with osteoarthritis of the knees and meniscus damage who have arthroscopic knee surgery are 30 percent MORE likely to need a knee replacement than folks who stick with careful physical therapy.

Nearly every senior has at least some damage to the meniscus; and when a surgeon points it out, of course you want him to go in and patch it up. But the surgeries fail because the surgeon is looking in the wrong place!

But those little tears aren’t always the real or only source of pain, stiffness and mobility problems, which is more often caused by the cartilage damage of the arthritis itself — something the meniscus surgery does nothing to correct.

Cutting the knee open and screwing around inside could actually make it worse, not better; but there’s a reason surgeons keep pushing these operations. To be exact, billions of reasons — the $4 billion we flush down to the toilet every year on worthless meniscus surgeries.

Yes, my friend, this little scam is making surgeons rich at YOUR expense.

It’s time to turn this bus around and get some real relief, which won’t cost you an arm and a leg (or a knee). Even the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons now says patients should try natural therapies such as glucosamine before considering surgery.

That’s a good start… but glucosamine isn’t a solo act, it likes to work with a partner: chondroitin. The two are often sold together, so be sure to take a supplement that has both.

And don’t stop there.

Along with glucosamine and chondroitin try natural anti-inflammatories such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, which can help lubricate the joints and ease damage to cartilage.

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