On May 4th I had a microfx of medial femoral condyle.....Microfracture.
I am pain free now as long as I follow my doctor's orders.
It started with just some stiffness. It got worse and worse until I couldn't even put my shoes and socks by myself. It hurt all the time. It would crack and crunch and give out on me. Sometimes it would lock staight but then sometimes I couldn't straighten it all the way. I decided to just try asprin and rest for a week before going to the doctor. I have had problems with my knee for years and it often cleared up after a week of asprin. But this time it didn't go away after a week so I saw my regular physician who sent me to my OS. My OS examined my knee and said that he believed that I had a torn meniscus and scheduled me for arthriscopic surgery to repair it. But once he got into my knee he found that there wasn't anything wrong with my meniscus and that I had worn my articular cartilage down to the bone. He performed a microfracture. I started on the CPM machine immediately after my surgery and started on physical therapy two days after my surgery. I believe that starting on the CPM and PT immediately after surgery made a big differnce in my recovery. I was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. After my 2nd week post op. I got a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis....DVT) in my leg and had to stop PT and CPM machine for two weeks. I was on two weeks of complete bed rest. Once I was allowed to start putting partial weight on my leg my PT started moving forward much more quickly. I am now 5 months post surgery and am mostly pain free. I get a bit of a pinching feeling when bad weather is knocking on our front door. I always thought that thing about injuries acting up during bad weather was a myth but I've found it to be true....go figure. I am now going to the gym every day where I swim, ride a stationary bike and am really getting into a good upper body work out. I like going to the gym and I feel so much stronger, happier, and relaxed since I've been going. I feel like I'm spoiling myself rotten when I go to the gym. Life is good