Gary Moller comments:
Darren, Let me start with a few observations and comments:
It is a shame that your injury was not properly assessed and treated all those years ago when you first damaged it. There is little question that surgery to repair the damage was warranted.
It is absolutely critical that you look after your knees. They have decades yet to serve and there is nothing like the original. Plastic ones are your last resort.
Any physical activities, including Touch, which involve forceful acceleration, deceleration, twisting and turning and the possibility of violent contact with another player should be avoided for as long as there is joint pain and/or instability. If there is anything more than dull pain in the knee, the pain is telling you that damage is being done and you really should stop.
If there is ongoing knee pain, it is best to rest the joint for as long as it takes - be that 5,10,15 or more years. That means staying away from activities that cause joint pain. This includes most running sports, many gym exercises. Some cycling may be OK in your case; but do not overdo it.
Replace with sports like kayaking, swimming, snorkling, scuba diving, aquajogging and cycling. Rowing may be OK. In the gym, concentrate on the upper body. Sure, strong legs are important; but there is no benefit going beyond what is necessary to maintain stability.
It is time to give the Touch away. While you may find this hard to accept, the change will be exciting and refreshing, once you get into it. How about Waka Ama? Embrace change throughout life.
Which Joint Food is best for you? Definitely go with the JF4500 as your first and best value choice. Take the maximum recommended dose daily for at least 3 months. You can add 5-8 capsules of a quality fish oil per day or, preferably, with some daily flax oil. I also recommend that you complete the Active Elements Mineral Assessment because a mineral imbalance/deficiency can affect joint health and healing. You could also try wearing a quality elastic knee bandage - the ones with a small hole for the knee cap. This design may help to stabilise the kneecap during exercise as well as countering any swelling.
I hope this helps Darren. Please let us know how you get on.