Last week, after talking with some friends from my running club, I had a MRI done. I was nervous going in, but found hope in the spaceship-like machine. The following day, my doctor's office called me with the results. The results were:
- Lateral position and tilt of the patella (kneecap)
- This means it is misaligned
- There is cartilage damage beneath the patella
- But, there there is no cartilage damage anywhere else which is very good news
- It is like there is a large pothole beneath the patella, which is a focal defect
- I don't even know what a focal defect it, but apparently I've had it since birth
- It can be treated with surgery, but the surgery is major
- After looking into surgery, it is not a guarantee that my knee would be 100% better than it is now. The surgery would take months to heal from.
- The surgery would realign the patella and fix the cartilage defect
The doctor said that if I wanted to keep running like I am right now, I should have the surgery.
I say: why? It is not guaranteed to fix my problem. It is a major surgery, and I am (relatively) young. I am hoping my body can heal by itself, or at least cope better after a month off than be cut open. Plus, it would be a ton of money. I would rather spend my money registering for races instead.
I am not having surgery. I am going to get better. I will come out of this injury better than before.
I still have goals to conquer for this year...and plan to do them this fall. 1:39 half? Totally attainable. Sub-20 5k? Unlikely, but I'll give it a shot.
In the meantime, I'll never look at potholes the same way.