"Deal with it." Those were his exact words.
Not exactly the advice I wanted from the orthopedic surgeon I consulted this week. I was hoping for more of a miracle cure.
MRI shows "possible fraying" of the medial meniscus and a ganglion cyst - also medial. Not the source of the lateral knee pain I've been having for the last 4 months. The rest of the news was worse. Turns out the arthritis that's been a relatively minor problem for more years than I care to admit kicked into a somewhat higher gear and by the end of a 12 hour shift the knee hurts like hell. The fact that we've been running an average census of 1.5 to 2 times our typical census might have something to do with that. Especially since we don't often have 1.5 to 2 times as many nurses.
At least he didn't start the conversation with "You're too young to be thinking about total knee replacement. " That's what I heard from the orthopedist I consulted last fall when I smashed the other knee on a rock. I was afraid to go back to someone who brought up the subject of surgery on a body part that wasn't (at the time) causing any significant problems so I found a different orthopedic surgeon.
This one could use a little work on his delivery, but I prefer his attitude toward invasive procedures. He explained why there I wouldn't benefit from cortisone shots or surgery to smooth things out (short term solutions to long-term problems, he says) and recommended a better knee brace and some physical therapy. We might consider those options later if things get worse, but not as an initial approach.
On the positive side, I left the physical therapy facility after the first session feeling better than I have since April. That lasted about 6 hours, but I get to go back tomorrow. No miracles, but I'm beginning to think maybe there's hope.