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After reading many of the discussions here, I figured I'd post my story and hopefully get some feedback! A little about me, I'm 37, and moderately active. I never had any knee problems prior to my incident.
Back in March, I was pushing a 1,000lbs pallet and felt something pop in my RT knee. I was in a good amount of pain, but not where I couldn't walk. An MRI confirmed I had torn cartilage on my kneecap and femur. I saw an Ortho doc, and we started with 6 weeks of PT. It didn't help.
In June, I had arthoscopic Chondroplasty, where they smoothed out the cartilage on my kneecap and femur. Surgery was at 8am. By 11am, I was dressed and walking without crutches, begging to go home. There was moderate swelling, and of course moderate pain, but nothing unbareable. I started PT 2-3 days later.
This is where the problem comes in. The first 3-4 weeks of PT post surgery went well. Then, all of a sudden I developed pain in my knee. It wasn't muscular, the pain was in the joint, behind the kneecap. After another MRI, the Ortho doc said that I have some inflamation of the bone where the surgery was done. He did a cortisone shot 3 days ago, and I don't notice any change at all. On Monday, I start another round of PT, (my third 6 week stint).
Here's my questions: Has anyone else experienced symptoms like this? If you have, how long does the pain last? Has anyone experienced this long-term?
My concerns are that I'll have this pain the rest of my life. Also, I'm concerned that the next step the doc might recommend is a TKR, and at 37, that is a scary thought!
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