FACT OF FICTION FRIDAY || Knee Pain and Scans
FACT OR FICTION FRIDAY || A scan will always give me an accurate diagnosis for my knee pain... Answer: FICTION 🙊 “Osteoarthritis” is a common term that gets used by our patients as an explanation of their knee pain. But is this always the case 🤔?
🔍In a recent systematic review estimates of osteoarthritis feature prevalence on MRI among asymptomatic uninjured knees were up to 14% in adults < 40 years, and up to 43% in adults > 40 years!
Whilst features on MRI imaging such as cartilage defects, meniscal tears and osteophyte lesions can potentially play a role if you have pain, this should always be interpreted in the context of your clinical presentation by a health care professional as these changes can be normal in an asymptomatic population - just like grey hair as we age 👴👵!
If you have knee pain and have resigned yourself to a 'life sentence', come and have a chat to one of our physios to ensure you aren't robbing yourself of a full functioning future 🕺🏃🏌️🏄🏋️🏊🚴🏂🎾! Call 07 3102 3337 or book online simply at www.praxisphysio.com.au
Culvenor AG, Øiestad BE, Hart HF, et al Prevalence of knee osteoarthritis features on magnetic resonance imaging in asymptomatic uninjured adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis British Journal of Sports Medicine 2019;53:1268-1278.