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Study: Physical therapy best initial treatment after hip surgery

Physical therapy after arthroscopic hip surgery is superior to primary or exclusive opioid-based pain management in younger patients, according to a study in Physical Therapy. The review of Military Health System data on 18- to 50-year-olds found that patients who received only physical therapy had significantly lower overall health care costs and a lower rate of revision surgery than patients in the opioid monotherapy group, though adjusted mean hip-related costs were similar in both groups, and those who received physical therapy before opioid therapy had lower costs than those who received opioids first.

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