I had two bad ice slip-and-falls this winter, and the second one was nearly incapacitating, which made me so desperate I sought medical attention…
Voila! I have no cartilege in my left knee - ‘bone-on-bone’ end-stage osteoarthritis. This is my step-in-the-stirrup to mount knee.
The ortho doc said “Your meniscus got the sads and went bye-bye”. The tendons/ligaments are OK, just traumatized. He also said “Your knee is basically shot, so you can’t damage it any more. Just go do your thing!” But I didn’t ask about riding. A cortisone shot brought great relief. I’ve been experiencing knee soreness and stiffness in that left leg from longer trail rides, and have gotten more careful about dismounting - I hang on to the saddle as I go down, and try to place less weight on left leg than right.
Any others have experience and tips to share? I’m scheduled for PT in first week of April and hope to get some exercises to work on at home.