Thanks for the input Chomps. I don't have pain in any other joints and I've never had a knee injury before so I don't think it's your type of arthritis or a degenerative condition.
The way I look at it is if I can be (relatively) pain free when I'm riding I can deal with the pain afterwards. What I'm worried about is if I have pain while riding it will effect my stance/form to a point where it begins to effect other parts of my body or keeps me from enjoying myself. I'm thinking that I will be able to avoid those types of issues with some of the tips I've gotten from BA and hopefully the orthopedist has some ideas as well.