Just been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis / degeneration of patellar anterior cartilage. Medics advise I can still run, but that it will hurt from now on. It's a combo of age [running >35 years] and a genetic predisposition [thanks Grandpa!].
I already have in place a huge selection of strength / conditioning exercises to work through which are helping, but if I am to continue running [albeit at reduced mileage] I can use a combo of painkillers and a knee brace to help. I'd rather not take painkillers every time, so if it hurts too much, I'll just stop. If a knee brace would help, I'd rather do that.
Does anyone have any experience of using a brace? If so, which one would you recommend?
In terms of painkillers, I have used naproxen and diclofenac [prescribed!] in the past. Do i go back to using these?