It was my rehab therapist that said I should for an arthroscopy because he didn't know what was causing the pain.
Google says he is a 'lower limb specialist' and a 'keen sportsman' - fingers crossed then.
Re: physio - my friend said I should see a physio, but how do you know who the good ones are - a recommendation from another runner could just be one individual's experience and is not indicative of their expertise in general?
To be honest I don't know who he is - I was advised to ask for a specific doctor, and the GP put his name on the referral, but then I ended up with an appointment with someone else ... so I don't know what his specialism is, nor how to find out
I did say on the phone that I'd asked to see someone else, but I was just told that it happens that you sometimes see someone else instead "They're all good" was her exact words
I've run on a poorly knee for a over a year and then finally rested for 3 months and then saw a consultant, who's going to do an exploratory arthroscopy next month. He has a couple of theories of what it might be, but said, "You know your running days might be over".
A friend of mine reckons he might be fobbing me off and that I should not take 'no' for an answer, but to keep pushing because his theories sound more like a cop out.
How have other runners tackled the 'just stop running' advice from consultants? Its the easiest path for a consultant to take. But if you believe that the doctor isn't trying hard enough to find a solution - what can you say? I have no medical expertise, but my sports rehab therapist reckons I can still run ...
I have always followed a doctor's advice without question before, but how can I be persistent if after the op he simply says, "yes, I was right - stop running"?
Sorry, Citizen - I've only just caught up with this ... I have an entry for the full thing, but really not sure, now my arthroscopy has been postponed for the third time (damned insect bite this time )
Really not sure - entered on a whim ... but I have work the next day ... maybe the doc will look at my knee and ground me forever ... maybe 'we have the technology, we can rebuild her' ... but even then I haven't done a lot of training at all this year - a couple of 70 milers on the bike, and, well Parkruns ...
Can't decide ... but I have until December and I can still get a bit of entry fee back ...