My pain was occasional, not consistent. With lots of hiking my knee would swell and be painful. But if I stayed away from active physical uses, my pain level was low to none. I underwent the procedure and PT for mostly preventative reasons. I haven’t yet tried any extensive hiking or physical use. I don’t yet know if the pain will be less. But I have lots of confidence that the exercises and knowledge I’ve gained will help my knee be healthier and stronger. And I’ve avoided the total knee replacement I was dreading.