Chronic knee pain from parkour, left untreated for years..

Patient : Hello, I just came across this site while researching possible causes of my chronic knee pain. If you could give me your input or advice I would greatly appreciate it. I have been experiencing knee pain for about 5 years now, and I'm barely turning 20 this year. I know it is due to overuse from physical activities. I have been practicing parkour and freerunning for about 5-6 years and I know that it has a big part in this. At one point, I had also abused the use of ankle weights, constantly wearing them and even using them during running and jumping. This was about when my knee pain started. That was about 5 years ago, but since I've stopped using the weights, I've continued having knee problems. It has been bothering me for a long time, but the pain is rarely unbearable, it's mostly a dull or aching pain. But it gets pretty bad sometimes when I'm training, although it usually even hurts when I squat or flex my quads. Despite the consequences, I've refused to take a break from parkour or seriously seek treatment until now. I really don't know why I've only recently started looking into this. I'm pretty frustrated with myself for ignoring this for so long, since it is bound to worsen if left untreated. I'm planning on seeing a specialist as soon as possible, but if you can, I would really appreciate any advice regarding this. I'm mostly scared that I might have to hold off my training for too long...I practically had to relearn parkour all over half a year ago, after slacking off for a year. I've finally started making some progress again but then realized that any progress would be meaningless if I eventually injure my knees permanently. I'd hate to spend too long recovering, but I would be relieved just to know that full recovery is possible, no matter how long treatment might take. Thank you again and look forward to your answer.
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