carmeloThough Carmelo Anthony left the game after appearing to hurt his knee when he fell in the first half of the Knicks win against the Cavaliers on Monday night, later reports quoted him as having said he has had knee soreness and stiffness for some time now. Anthony differentiated between this “soreness” and pain, which he claimed not to have.  Anthony’s status for Wednesday’s game has yet to be determined.

In my dictionary, soreness is merely a mild level of pain, one that is not sharp or shooting, but is often dull and persistent. It is of equal concern, as if left undiagnosed or untreated, could become more chronic and debilitating.

Though Anthony’s recent MRI (one performed prior to last night’s incident) was reportedly negative, and with scarce information to go on at this time, one might surmise that his complaints point to patellofemoral issues *(the region under the kneecap) rather than significant ligament or meniscal problems. However, it is unclear whether Anthony also tweaked his knee last night causing any additional diagnoses to factor in (such as a mild ligament sprain).

When more is known about Carmelo’s specific diagnoses we’ll report back.

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* For more information on the patellorfemoral joint, see this previous column

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Abby serves as the Injury Expert for CBS New York where, since 2010, her Injury Breakdown Blog examines injuries in professional sports. She also blogs on health & fitness as well as sports injuries for Huffington Post, and Recovery Physical, where her blog earned a top ten mention for physical therapy blogs in 2012 @ In a ranking of the Top 30 Healthcare Blogs for 2012, Top Masters in Healthcare also rated Abby’s blog in the top three in Physical Therapy! Abby is the founder of Fit-Screen and she welcomes your comments and questions!