My high school buddies like to joke about the time I fell face down in the snow and started screaming "Who threw a brick at me?!". Nobody had, but it sure felt like they did.
It was years ago, and we were sledding on the hill at Derby High like we always would during the winter. I was standing at the top of the hill watching my friends go down when all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my right knee. For whatever reason, my initial thought was that someone had hit me with a brick. In reality, I had just twisted my leg at a funny angle and tore a muscle.
Since then I’ve had similar but less painful injuries happen to the same knee every year or so. Just a few weeks ago, while crossing the street with my friend Mindy, my leg went out on me again. This time it hurt like hell.
Two weeks passed and the pain just got worse and worse, so I finally decided to have it looked at. I had anticipated hearing the doctor give me the same old "you just have lousy knees" diagnosis, but this time they found something new.
A "floating body"! It could either be a chipped bone or torn cartilage. You can faintly see it in the highlighted circle of the x-ray above. Exciting.