I'm sure the answer to my question is already somewhere on this forum but I couldn't find it.
At age 63 for the first time in my life I have a sore knee. Went to my Orthopedic Doc and he took xrays, moved my leg around, pronounced me free of arthritis and without any looseness in the joint. Sent me home with a 30 day prescription to reduce inflammation. It did not seem to help much. Now I'm trying to decide if I go back to the doc spending $100s for additional tests or if I need to look elsewhere for help.
Here's my problem - Anterior soft tissue to the lateral side of my knee cap became sensitive to pressure several months ago. Does not hurt to move in any direction. No weakness or limited range of motion. Not a sharp pain at a single point but more like a burning sensation the size of a Dime in the soft tissue. The pain comes when I put pressure on the area doing floor exercises. It can even hurt to roll over on the spot in bed so it does not take much pressure. Today I lightly bumped the medial side (opposite of the original problem spot) of the joint below the knee cap and I immediately felt the pain in the soft tissue on the lateral side of the joint plus a little prick at the point of impact.
I am not a heavy exerciser but the discomfort seems to have happened about the time I increased my exercise routine adding more thrusts and more walking. There was no perceived injury or sudden change in the exercise.
Anyone with any idea of what this is and better yet is there anything I should do about it?
My main concern is avoiding future problems and not doing anything that will lead to a significant injury. At this point it is not limiting my activity in any way. 30 years ago I would not have given it a thought but as I see friends with knee and hip replacements and others with all sorts of tendon issues I know I need to do everything I can to keep my legs in good shape.