The Dreaded “Jeremy Lin Knee”

What? You’ve never heard of “Jeremy Lin Knee” before? Well, that’s just Lin-sane. Actually, until I read an article about it this morning, I hadn’t either.

In case you have no idea what, or who, I’m talking about, Jeremy Lin is the NY Knicks’ point guard who took the world by storm this season. An unheralded (and undrafted) guard out of Harvard, Lin became a household name overnight after a slew of injuries in the Knicks’ lineup forced him into game action.

Now, he even has a condition named after him: chronic meniscus degeneration.

The article paints the meniscus as a fragile, delicate piece of the body and makes it seem as though we’re all screwed:

Cartilage weakens and frays naturally with age (Author’s note–NO IT DOESN’T!), so older people can tear a meniscus just walking or rising from a chair (yep…it’s MUCH better for you to simply roll around in a wheelchair once you hit 40). Excess weight also places extra stress on joints and wears down cartilage faster. (If weight is to blame, why don’t we see folks with evenly torn menisci in their right and left knees? If weight is to blame, yet only one meniscus is torn, how fat is the other knee?)

There is a commonly believed myth when it comes to meniscus tears. You’re told that the pain in your knee is due to the meniscus tear, but that’s just not true. Think about it this way: If your meniscus is torn, it’s torn all day long, right? It’s torn when you wake up, and it’s torn when you go to sleep. So, why isn’t your pain there all day long? Why do you have pain standing but not sitting? Why would you say it’s a “2” on the pain scale when riding in your car and an “8” on the pain scale when you walk upstairs? The fact is the condition (the tear itself) hasn’t changed at all in any of those circumstances. The pain changes because the position of the knee changes.

The article basically makes this point for me when noting a previous study regarding knee pain and meniscus tears:

In a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008, researchers randomly selected 991 people aged 50 to 90 to undergo MRIs of the right knee. Overall, 30 percent of the women and 42 percent of the men were found to have a tear or other meniscus damage. Of those, 61 percent said they hadn’t experienced any pain or disability in the knee during the previous month, meaning a torn meniscus can often go unnoticed. (emphasis added)

The moral of the story is this: Your torn meniscus isn’t causing your knee pain. Jeremy Lin is done for the season because he had surgery to repair his torn meniscus. I’m not denying that needed to be done, but part of his rehab needs to focus on his entire body to ensure that he gets to the cause of his torn meniscus.

Stay focused on the position, not the condition, and the knee pain won’t be an issue. To change the position of the knee and realign your body, CLICK HERE to download four free e-cises and give Egoscue a try.

QUESTION: What have you been told your current condition, and more importantly, what do you believe about your current condition?