husband went back to the ortho guy today to get the results of his MRI. Turns out, he has the beginnings of arthritis. They don't feel he needs surgery yet; later definately but not quite yet. But, he's already got cartlidge damage/breakdown and he is to start taking Glucosamine. The ortho doctor gave him a cortisone shot and although it made his knee swell even more husband said it feels tons better. A side funny....my sibs are all very well known with the area ortho practices. The one husband went to is one they haven't been to in a few years because of insurance but they used to frequent it often. Anyway, husband is in with the doctor and made a comment about how he (husband) heard nothing but good about this guy. When the doctor inquired about how/what he heard, husband told him that his inlaws (the B family) have been patients....the doctor just smiled and said "Oh yes...I remember them" I'm sure he does! He's probably paid off his car or boat off of them! LOL Thanks again for all of your info and advice. I guess this wasn't much of a surprise to husband....more the timing of it than anything. His dad has the same thing with both knees so husband has an idea of what to expect in the future.