Bit of a yarn this so I'll cut to the chase Nov 30th 08 - Bash knee off of concrete floor on weekend jape, didn't really notice how bad it was until end of day where I could walk fine, but getting up/sitting down and going up stairs was very painful. Wrote off as something that'll probably sort itself out as after a while it didn't hurt as much and only in very specific movements (Getting up from crouching position and when kneeling on the knee) Feb 09 - Finally see GP about knee as situation hasn't improved much, joint flexibility/range of movement is fine but discomfort felt when running, kneeling on knee and getting up from kneeling/squatting positions. Feb 09 - Get referred to orthopedics and get told I have managed to bruise the knee cap and there is not much in the way of exercises I can do bar giving the thing some proper rest - hard to do in a normal lifestyle. Recovery time might be as long as 18 months and can still be a bit tender thereafter. Get sent for x-ray the same day and they tell me that yes there is some damage to the knee cap but at the same time there is also a 3mm piece of metal in the knee. I've no idea how a piece of metal could get in there. March 09 - GP rings me up saying that I'm going to get another referral to discuss whether to have the bit of metal taken out if it seems to be contributing to my problem. Now, since getting the bad news in Feb, cheesy as it sounds I think a little mind over matter thing kicked in because within a few days the discomfort while running went away and the worst pain now comes from if I put body weight on the face of the knee cap in a specific place. I've also since managed to spend one or two days in bed (lazy I know) or not doing a lot and this has helped a great deal too. My concern is however that if this is going to take a considerable amount of time to heal, and I have surgery, how would this affect joining? I intend on starting my application in Jan 2011, I know this seems like a ways off but there are a few things I want to get out the way first before joining (fitness and driving licence, know you can get the latter while in but seems better to me to have one before joining) Also, has anyone had similar injuries and what did they do to aid recovery or how have they coped with them if they only get better to a point?