White people love saying ‘bone on bone’. Seriously, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say “my knee is bone on bone” or “I can't do that because my hip is bone on bone”, I’d be as wealthy as some orthopedic surgeons
What does ‘bone on bone’ mean? It started as a poor diagnosis given by doctors to someone who has relatively normal age-related changes in a joint. So, when someone says their knee is ‘bone on bone’, they probably have two things: 1) arthritis and 2) a loss of joint space.
Let's dig a bit deeper. 1) almost everyone has arthritis or will have it at some point in their life. It's very much a lifestyle disease and if you want to know more about it, click here to read my earlier post. 2) a loss of joint space goes hand in hand with arthritis and is the main reason why the term ‘bone on bone’ is used.
Now, I get it. Saying your knee is ‘bone on bone’ is referring to the fact that your knee has changed and is likely giving you some grief.
What if you’re just hiding behind your diagnosis?
I’ve lost track of how many times someone has told me they have a joint that is ‘bone on bone’. I didn't even ask. But they’re more than willing to tell me.
In those instances, they give me their diagnosis as a reason why they can't do something. The very thing they are avoiding is likely the thing they need most in order to overcome their ‘bone on bone’ diagnosis.
I get it. I really do. You want a diagnosis. You want to know whats going on and you have every right to know. To be honest, I’m the same. There is nothing wrong with wanting to put a name to the issue.
The problem is when your diagnosis becomes your self-limiting belief.
Regardless of your injury/diagnosis. Whatever it is you’re going through. Don't hide behind your diagnosis. It’s simply meant to help you understand what happened and guide how practitioners help you.
You are not your diagnosis. If you injure your knee, you don't instantly become meniscus tear Steve. You’re still a person. You’re Steve who is managing a knee injury. Since when did we let a diagnosis define who we are?
Don't limit yourself. Is there a time and a place to pull things back, maybe step away from something for a bit? 100%. But, these changes should be short-term and something that will assist you in becoming a better version of yourself should be used in its place.
Do you feel stuck behind your ‘bone on bone’ diagnosis? Does it stop you from doing the things you love? Do you feel like surgery is the only option? Just know you’re not defined by your diagnosis and surgery is not the only answer. Reach out if you want help understanding your options. You can contact me here.
For the record, I said ‘bone on bone’ 11 times.