Knee OA: Growing Demand For Nonsurgical Options
The knee replacement market is posting flat growth across the board as more patients seek nonsurgical options to manage their pain. Although such treatments typically last only a few months, many patients willingly accept the durability tradeoff to avoid the cost and downtime associated with surgery.
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