Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Brownsville, TX
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I can virtually guarantee I know nothing, but my own personal experience...
Got pain in my knee (no need to get more specific, it was generalized pain below the kneecap) had a doc order an X-Ray, then an MRI, then tell me I 'might, possibly, sorta, kinda' have a miniscus tear, but he couldn't tell 'for certain' and then offer to go in and do some lookin' around.
I passed, took a year off (I don't recommend this) and gained 100 lbs.
Now, back down 89 lbs. and running 10k+s, and riding centuries again every other weekend.
How? I busted my ass in the gym rebuilding my entire leg, took my core strength further than last time and have worked to keep good form constantly.
The bad news: My knees still hurt like a mother occassionally. Motrin+2 shots of vodka and 8 hours of sleep seems to be the cure when it strikes. I also baby the **** out of them now. I rock climb for upper body work or swim only.
Lower body includes working with a semi-pro running back that I know here twice a week making sure my hamstrings and quads get the workout of a lifetime. I also do yoga to keep flexibility and improve balance.
Bottom line, I'd recommend something like that above over surgery, unless your damn certain it requires it. Get two opinions even.