I thought I'd try something a little different this week. Namely, I'm going to whisk back the curtain and let everyone have a glimpse of information that's normally available only to me, as the author and manager of this blog.
At first I thought listing the most popular posts would just be an amusing bit of trivia, but then I realized the list serves a larger function. Basically, it's a "vote" by readers on what they found most useful on this site. So if you've landed here for the first time, here are five past pieces of writing you may want to check out.
1. Comment Corner: Can Even Badly Damaged Knee Cartilage Heal? (469 views)
This blog post was prompted by some smart reader questions left in a comment section. The surprising answer to the headline question: in at least two studies, areas of cartilage with the worst damage had the highest rates of improvement.
2. "What Should I Do If I Have 'Weak' Knees?" (343 views)
This comment from a reader puzzled me initially, and honestly, still puzzles me somewhat. The anonymous writer didn't have pain so much as "weak knees" -- but they didn't feel like they were going to give out. So, if there's no pain and no instability, I wasn't sure what to think -- except that it would be wise to strengthen those knees, because otherwise there probably will be pain at some not-so-distant point in the future.
3. What Does "Knee Strengthening" Mean Exactly? (196 views)
While it's fairly obvious what strengthening quadriceps muscles refers to, what about strengthening knees? What does it mean for a knee to become stronger? This was an important topic to cover on the blog, I thought, because focusing on strengthening my knees was how I escaped my chronic pain.
4. If Strengthening Quads Was Really the Answer to Beating Knee Pain, I Wouldn't Exist (148 views)
I'm pleased that this post made the top five, because it's probably my most convincing effort to show that "strengthen your quads" shouldn't be the prime focus of a patient with chronic knee pain. I discussed how I healed my knees as my quads got weaker (in fact, when I threw all my energy into strengthening my quads, I almost trashed my knees -- a not uncommon experience with traditional physical therapy, sadly).
5. How Can You Read "Saving My Knees," an Electronic-Only Book, If You're Kindle-less? (129 views)
No great insights, just practical advice on how to read a book that's available only in electronic form. (Note: I'd love to find a way to allow people to make paperback copies from their Kindle versions. Unfortunately, all the print-on-demand outfits I've reviewed so far require various set-up fees from me, north of $100, as well as a separately formatted .pdf. But if anyone knows of a service that can print books off a Kindle copy, with no one-time startup/set-up fees, let me know!)