And I am a nerd – so here is another article on knee pain and how imaging is not particularly helpful in diagnosis or establishing the ideal course of care. This is why you need a thorough high precision assessment with a Marino Physio Specialist!
Yes – this is correct! 97% of knees that have NO PAIN or obvious limitations in a sedentary adult will show signs of “abnormalities” on imaging. This reinforces what we know about the NORMAL aging process and is great news for people with signs of arthritis or meniscal damage – it means you CAN be pain free despite what an x-ray or MRI snapshot looks like.
Horga LM, Hirschmann AC, Henckel J, Fotiadou A, Di Laura A, Torlasco C, D’Silva A, Sharma S, Moon JC, Hart AJ. Prevalence of abnormal findings in 230 knees of asymptomatic adults using 3.0 T MRI. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Jul;49(7):1099-1107.
Check out the article for yourself here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32060622/