Today I was finally able to see a knee specialist. I headed over to The Rothman Institute
to see a Sports Medicine physician about my knee. Before seeing him, they actually took X-rays of my knees on site that he was able to instantly pull up on his computer when he examined me.
The good news is that he could manipulate my knees in all sorts of ways and there was no pain. That rules out lots of joint issues right there. While examining my X-rays, he actually used the software to draw measurements on the screen, superimposed over my knees. He was able to point out that the ratio of certain measurements in my knee shows the patellar tendon coming up a little short, which could be cause of this condition.
The next step is to get an MRI on my right knee (already have one on the left) and see him with both MRIs so we can get a better idea of what is going on in the soft tissue, and decide how to treat it.
He said that tendinitis in the patellar tendon is a possibility, but tendinitis usually goes away after some rest, ice, and NSAIDs. This may be the more severe tendinopathy
, which would require more intensive treatment. At this point, it's unclear if surgery would be required.
I get my MRI tomorrow afternoon.
The best part about working in Center City? The knee specialist and the hospital where I'll be getting the MRI are 2 blocks from my office.