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Knee Pain - Cartilage Grows Back //


When people hear “bone-on-bone” (knee, hip, wrist, ankle etc.) most people think “it’s too late to do anything, time for a replacement.” This line of thinking comes from the idea that our bodies are like machines. “When your cars’ brakes are worn-out you need to replace the brake pads with new ones and then your car is back to normal.” But as I said our body has an incredible power to heal itself in all aspects.

When Pete released (his book) Pain Free back in the early 90s, he made the claim that you can regrow cartilage and took a lot of criticsm for saying so. People thought he was crazy and dismissed his statement. If you don’t have a copy of Pain Free, here is what Pete Egoscue says on page 107:

Runner with injured knee on the

“As for the ‘irreversible’ cartilage loss, why of all the tissue in the body would the cartilage be the only one that does not regenerate? The answer is that it does regenerate. Laboratory experiments in Sweden have shown that under the right conditions cartilage, like any tissue, can be grown. Moreover, sports medicine practitioners have long recognized that athletes increase their cartilage density and shock-absorbing capacity during proper training.”

In his own words from his book Pain Free for Women he says, “That statement drew a barrage of criticism from doctors, researchers, and physical therapists. When cartilage is gone, they scolded me, it’s gone, and nothing short of a miracle will bring it back.”

Well, if it’s a miracle they want, then it’s a miracle they’ll get. Thanks to Rick Mathes in the Austin Egoscue Clinic for providing these x-rays.  A client working with one of the therapists was told he had to have his knee replaced. Take a look at the first x-ray picture from April, 2004 and you’ll understand why the doctor suggested it.

Image 1 - April 2004
Loss of cartilage before Egoscue
Image 1 - April 2004
Evidence that cartilage can grow back

To help explain what you’re looking at, it’s as if you are facing this client. His right knee is on your left. Notice that on the far left hand side of Image 1 there is decreased space between the femur (upper leg bone) and the tibia (lower leg bone). Loss of cartilage, right? I agree. This man is certainly headed for a knee replacement...or is he not?


Take a look at the second set of x-rays from July, 2005, just a little over a year after the first were taken. Notice the uniform spacing between the femur and tibia. It’s a miracle! The cartilage is regrown! The client took charge of his own health and put faith in his body that it can heal itself. What a remarkable difference, and all without going under the knife. When you switch from being symptom-focused (i.e. loss of cartilage and needing a knee eplacement) to being cause-focused (i.e. why did the cartilage degenerate?), a lot can happen. Change the position of the knee joint, give the cartilage room to grow, and it will.

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