It is marvelous, isn't it? There are so many things that doctors can cure or fix today that once would have been deadly or at least much more serious. And there are specialists for every part of the human anatomy, so you can be sure to get the best, most cutting-edge info about what ails you if you see the right person.
So when I went to the orthopedist today about the knee pain that has been progressively getting worse to the point of being almost debilitating, I expected him to tell me what was wrong and how we were going to fix it! Not tell me that I might just have to accept that I won't be able to do the things I did before. You see, I have arthritis; maybe a miniscus tear in there. Try this topical cream and some exercises, and if that doesn't help, then a brace sometimes provides relief. Losing weight is always a good idea - and the fact that exercise is painful isn't an excuse because I just need to reduce my intake of calories. (thanks for that one, Doc.) And down the road, if all else fails, we can look at some kind of surgery.
No, exercise won't damage anything. It might be uncomfortable but it won't damage anything.
In other words, suck it up. Grin and bear it.
I need to go work on my list of blessings.....