Going in to my orthopaedic follow-up appointment, my knee felt great! I was hoping the knee pain was all in my head or at worst I'd be facing a torn meniscus. I was wrong. The MRI of my right knee showed cartilage damage and fissures. I am facing a knee replacement. At only 28 years old, I was shocked--but I could clearly see what the doctor saw on the MRI. At the rate that knee surgery is progressing, Dr. Aoki's advice is to avoid him for as long as possible. (Google says that replacing the cartilage with special polymers, rather than using cadaver cartilage, is coming online!)
According to Dr. Aoki, I have to "get as much mileage out of that knee as possible." I need to cut out high impact activities, but I have virtually none. I can go to physical therapy or just do patellofemoral exercises at home. I need to strengthen the muscles in my leg to help take some load off the cartilege via gliding eliptical machine or bicycle. For most people, losing weight would be an easy option, but I am already underweight. I can continue to take daily antiinflamatory medication like Aleve.
I am a bit depressed over the news. I'll start to do the exercises and look into buying a bike. I never thought about using the first floor bedroom for myself, but I guess that will have to become a possibility. What gets me most upset about this is, that about going to the doctor, Matt was right! ;)