@rbon1 : I wanted to add one more comment. My brother also had a meniscus tear and some inflammation on the bones in his knee. TKR was brought up, he declined. Went to work with a physical therapist who specializes in sports injuries, and added acupuncture sessions with a practitioner of traditional chinese medicine. I took 6 months of treatments and exercises, but now his knee is perfectly fine (confirmed by X-rays and MRI).