After suffering with my knee (as well as just about everything else) over the years, my faith that I would just heal naturally finally waned and I finally took the plunge and went to get it looked at.
I had a problem with a very sore spot on the front of the knee that felt like an electric shock every time I knelt on it which, as you know in Jiu Jitsu, is very common.
One such time I tried to alleviate the pain by rolling the knee sideways and injured inside the knee too. Turns out to be a Grade II MCL tear with some underlying bursitis which is going to keep me out of training for a while.
The main problem though is the osteophyte or bone spur. The physio told me that the injury I sustained initially is very common amongst young athletes, I can only assume that he thinks I am young and athletic, he is a very shrewd guy.
Or possibly meant that I sustained it when I was young and was forced to play rugby at school, I distinctly remember being kicked on the front of the knee that caused some trauma and eventually has lead me to where I am now.
I had fully intended to compete at the Europeans in Portugal this past weekend and have missed the opportunity because of the injury; I only hope that I can get in a few competitive matches this year before something else stops my fun.
Do yourself a favour, the next time you are injured get it treated properly.