Three years ago, I was having terrible, sharp pain in my left knee that got me to the orthopedist. We tried a few remedies that didn't work; then I had arthroscopic surgery in which the meniscus (a tendon) was trimmed, and that relieved my pain. Mind you, my knees always hurt, and have for some time, since they are bone-on-bone with arthritis; but the surgery got rid of the sharp pain that wouldn't let me bend my leg or straighten it without wincing.
For the past month, my right knee has been giving me the same kind of fits, especially while riding the horse or the motorcycle; so last week, I visited Dr. Strong again. An MRI was done of the knee, and today my suspicions were confirmed: my right knee needs the same sort of trimming that my left one had; the meniscus is torn.
The doctor reminded me, again, that there's no guarantee this will help; but she agreed that if she were in my shoes, she'd give it a try before doing something more drastic.
The surgery was simple before, and recovery was virtually pain-free. I didn't even use the crutches that had been provided. The worst part of the whole episode is that I was grounded from riding Blue for awhile.
I sure hope things go as well this time as last. I'll bet they will.