There are many challenging aspects to this condition, the worst of which i
s the unknown. At first, i didnt know what it was... for four months. Then I was so relieved to begin treatment believing that Id be healed immediately. For one week i waited for a presription brace, then wore it for six weeks while I degenerated. I asked for more proactive approach and was told to wait. @six weeks I was given a cam boot. Three wks in I knew I was getting worse, asked for mri, told no, to wait and go to pt. Four more weeks of getting worse and paying copays for nothing. Finally, an mri. Doc says no tear, radiologist sees tear and arthritis amongst other degenerative changes. Doc says i can wear the boot for 8 more weeks or have surgery. So pre op tomorrow. I have stairs and a 16 month old. I am a hairstylist and he said i could go back to work in two weeks. Sounds lofty to me. What does everyone/anyone think? this message board is my new best friend.