September, 2020, I injured my knee. PCP was not seeing "this sort of need" face to face and after a zoom appt put me on an ice/elevate routine for 6 weeks. Now November, nothing improved, she sends me to PT. Therapy helped, a bit until it didn't. Now, 3 months in and no images or anything (mind you, 20% of the time needing crutches to do my job!) Finally, sent to an ortho who did x-rays and reported, "you are 55, it's probably arthritis, any intervention is going to be worse than the injury, just treat the symptons and take 2 Aleve every night." I was devastated! I am 55, and tho slightly overweight, I bicycle 30-100 miles a weekend, and now I couldn't even work in the yard. A friend recommended Dr. Brotzman and I am so blessed. He saw me in a very timely fashion, ordered MRI, saw the partially torn meniscus and established a plan. Since I hoped to ride RAGBRAI in July (2021), he told me how to still make that happen (without Aleve or meds!) then repaired the knee after my big ride. One month after surgery, I rode 10 miles pain free and 2 months after surgery, I walked around DC for a day, clocking 20,000 steps. Today, 10 weeks after surgery, I rode 30 miles and now ascend stairs with no pain, and better yet, no fear of instability. I am so grateful for Dr. Brotzman!!