After riding a lot of miles in June with little pain, I decided to switch to swimming during the heat of July. In that time, I noticed more limited mobility in my left knee. But, I thought the swimming would help!
I finally got the modified handlebars on my trike and went for a ride yesterday. After a mile, I still could not get my left knee to loosen enough to have a normal stroke. It used to only take a block before it was loose. Standing up has become difficult, also. I can't bend my knees enough so I can put my weight over them. So, I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon.
I was told in 2009 that I needed a total joint replacement but I was in my early fifties and they say these joints will only last 10 years. Also, I was overweight and that would wear out the joint faster. I tried Synvasc injections and had two cortisone shots in that knee. The cortisone shots worked great for 6 months but I know they will soon deteriorate the joint. Without a joint replacement or something else, I might now face the rest of my life in a wheel chair.
Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. I know the options have changed since 2009. Any without pain?