Diagnosis

  • Over half of patients who have experienced an ACL injury will develop osteoarthritis within 15 years, regardless of how the ACL injury was treated.
  • Overuse injuries are quite common. Treatment usually consists of RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for two days, followed by MICE (movement, ice, compression, and elevation).
  • Over half of Americans over age 65 have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
  • For every extra pound of weight you have, you put 4 pounds of added pressure on your knees while walking and 7 pounds while going down stairs.
  • Most knee injuries get better with time and will cause pain for less than a week. If your pain has not improved within 3 weeks, seek medical attention.
  • Intense knee pain that occurs spontaneously and is unrelated to movement may represent a serious health condition. See your health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Popping your knuckles will not increase your chance of developing arthritis in the future. The only bad thing about it is that it annoys your neighbors.
  • When a knuckle pops, you are actually popping an air bubble within the joint. It takes a few minutes for the tiny bubbles to gather into one bubble again, and then your knuckle is ready for another popping.
  • There is a difference between popping knuckles and cracking joints. If your joint cracks every time you move it, your cracking is actually noisy friction that is wearing away the joint.
  • Poor biomechanics (alignment and movement of your skeleton) contribute to the progression of osteoarthritis.
  • Knee pain lasting longer than 3 months usually is from osteoarthritis.