and if anyone cares, here is the MRI I got on my knee earlier this year (the stuff that matters)
“There is grade 2 chondral thinning of the posterior lateral tibial
plateau with underlying T2 hyperintense bone marrow change. The
remaining articular cartilage in all three compartments is intact
without evidence of focal chondral defect. The patella is well seated
within the trochlea.”
so basically some cartilage thinning, which my ortho doc said is normal for a heavy weightlifter like myself (and the NFL football linemen he sees from the Chicago Bears) and nothing to be worried about. But there is bone swelling/edema on the tibial tuberosity itself, which makes sense since that is where my pain is at.
This website says it could take 8-12 weeks of full rest to get rid of the bone edema.
In my practice (foot and ankle care), I?ve tended to find that when we discover bone edema on an MRI, the injury may take as long if not longer than most fractures to heal. For instance, a common foot problem that we?ll see is a metatarsal stress fracture. If the stress fracture doesn?t show on plain x-ray, we?ll send our patient for an MRI. And if that MRI comes back with a diagnosis of bone edema within the metatarsal, we then have an idea about overall time that it?ll take for bone healing. What?s the typical duration of time for a metatarsal stress fracture? I?d tell most folks 8-12 weeks. But with bone edema in the metatarsal, it may take as long if not longer than a traditional fracture.