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Studies have shown that when x-rayed, up to 85% of adults with no actual knee pain have x-rays that show knee arthritis. This means that there is little correlation between the degree of arthritis seen on x-ray, and actual pain.(1)
In fact one study showed that 48% of healthy professional basketball players had meniscal (cartilage) “damage” on their knee MRIs.(2)
Translation: Do not panic if your knee x-ray or MRI shows degeneration, arthritis or mild cartilage tears, it is NORMAL!
Posted on: March 09, 2014
Categories: Knee , Relevant Physical Therapy Articles