WILL RUN AGAIN:
First of all good luck with your 2nd rehab....your attitude like always is great. Interesting on the cartilage issue. I had an MRI on my knee about 2 months ago ...which would have been 11 months post quad surgery and I would guess if I had cartliage damage it would have shown up then....but the MRI said the knee was intact. But....still an interesting thought as now....13 months post op I can still not stride run at all. Have seen a second surgeon ..as I reported on here earlier and he said full strength will still take time.....but I am still not sure I will ever run again normally. I should be happy I am pain free.....have full ROM....can bike and do any cross training....but having so much road running and racing in my background it is not the same.....as an old runner like you can understand. I had a gait analysis done by a professional and found that post op my hip on my quad surgery side was 11/2 inch higher than the other side. Fitting me in minimalist running shoes and the barefoot type running shoe ( Vibram 5 fingers) brought me back in balance. This has given me some better gait balance but is not a cureall. Interesting....how a surgery can affect and throw off other body mechanics. I guess we are never quite the same post op...no matter what they say. Keep up your rehab...I will be thinking of you for the best.
TOM( OLD RUNNER GUY)