The Knee as an Organ
Thinking of the knee “holistically” or as an organ is the key to understanding and successfully managing knee injuries. This conceptually means that you must think of what is occurring to the cartilage, menisci, bone, ligaments, tendons and biomechanics to fully understand the context in which these injuries occur.
For example: Imagine that the cartilage at the end of your bone is like the treads on your tire. One day you notice that the treads on your tire are worn on one side but not on the other. You take your car to the shop and they offer to replace your tire without checking the alignment. What do you think the fate of your new tire will be? Regardless of how durable your new tire is – ultimately it will wear out in the same way the original one did. This is a simplification of what is going on in your knee but is an appropriate analogy. What do you think will happen if you go to see a surgeon for repair of a cartilage lesion and the underlying cause isn’t addressed? Choosing the right tire (cartilage repair technique) is critical but addressing or accounting for how you developed that lesion in the first place is just as important and, in some cases, more important.