Watching Chicago Bull Derrick Rose running, pivoting and jumping on the basketball court it is easy to understand why his knees are constantly at risk for both the meniscus tears he suffered in 2013 and 2015 and the ACL tear he endured in 2012. Truth is, these unfortunately common injuries, can target everyone from weekend warriors to teenagers to the elderly for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that more than 200,000 cases of ACL injury and more than 500,000 meniscus tears occur in the United States! Why?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, “the knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most easily injured.” Our knees are crucial for moving backward, forward, and side-to-side. They also are weight-bearing joints and it is estimated every one pound of excess weight exerts about four pounds of pressure on our knees.