The beginnings of arthritis, in a nutshell. The cartilage under my kneecap is 'frayed and worn'. The left knee is going the way of the right knee. It's a part of aging, oh joy, o rapture.
Solution? It's sort of a "try this and see" with stages. For now, new knee braces and physical therapy. In 6-8 weeks, we see what's going on -- if good, then good. If not so good, we move on to an outpatient surgery to smooth the cartilage. If that works, great. If not, injections. If that works, great. If not, more surgery.
Really, it's good news. The braces fit well and I already feel a difference when I move around. I wanted to exercise anyway, so the therapy (which will be mostly exercise) is in line with that. The first surgery is scope/outpatient so not too bad, if it comes at all. The doctor was pretty optimistic. He doesn't see surgery as being too near.
Now -- new yoga pants!