Protecting your knees as you age
“As soon as we reach 35 or 40 years old, our knees are more likely to suffer from deterioration or tearing, which can eventually lead to osteoarthritis.” says Dr. Pierre Ranger, Bruny’s orthopaedic surgeon of 20 years, and Medical Director for the Centre de Médecine Sportive de Laval. “Keeping your knees in good condition and taking preventative measures are often neglected – but are key if you want to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Osteoarthritis of the knee is the result of a degeneration of the cartilage. The pain is due to an inflammatory reaction and can vary from moderate to intolerable. The pain is generally located on the internal, external surface or posterior side of the knee.
“When I first started to experience pain in my left knee, Dr. Ranger recommended a physiotherapist,” says Bruny. “After a few weeks of treatments, the pain disappeared but came back even worse a few months later. It was as if I had a needle shooting into my knee with each step I took. I underwent a series of tests that included magnetic resonance and radiography. This is when Dr. Ranger told me I had osteoarthritis of the knee. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. It meant my career as an athlete was over.”