Patient Demographics and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Physiotherapy Use After Uncomplicated Meniscectomy

Patient Demographics and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Physiotherapy Use After Uncomplicated Meniscectomy

log: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Global Research & Reviews

Who: Michael R. Mercier, MD, MHS; Anoop R. Galivanche, MD, MHS; Anthony J. Wiggins, MD; Joseph B. Kahan, MD; William McLaughlin, MD; Zachary J. Radford, MD; Jonathan N. Grauer, MD; Elizabeth C. Gardner, MD

Insight: The extent to which physical therapy (PT) is used after meniscectomy is unknown. The objective of this study was to estimate the extent to which TP was placed after meniscectomy and to identify the factors associated with its use.

The Mariner PearlDiver database was queried to identify patients who underwent uncomplicated meniscectomy. The number of PT visits for each patient was compiled. Logistic regressions were used to compare demographic factors associated with no PT use and nine or more PT use.

A total of 92,291 patients with inclusion criteria. Of these patients, 72.21% did not use PT and 27.8% used 1 or more PT visits. Of the patients who used PT, 19.76% had 1 to 8 PT visits and 8.03% had 9 or more PT visits. Older age and non-commercial insurance types were associated with lack of PT use. Male gender, Medicaid, and Medicare were associated with significantly lower odds of increased PT use.

PT is used in the minority of time after meniscectomy. Among patients who use physiotherapy, however, there is notable variation in the number of physiotherapy visits used. Patient age, gender, insurance status, and geographic variables were independently associated with PT use.

Submitted by John Ready on September 12, 2022

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