I had my second arthroscopic knee surgery 3 weeks ago. The first one was 20
months before that. Twice now I have had plica removed. I can find very little
information on plica and get differing opinions/descriptions about it. My fear
is that this could be a recurring problem. The second surgery also involved
removal of a significant amount of scar tissue and removal of a small bone spur
on the patella. These past two years have been overshadowed by my knee
situation. My goal this year is to run my first marathon. But I know I can't
begin adequate training until I am healed. I have had a much speedier recovery
this second time around but am worried about plica. I have been told it is a
"controversial subject". Can you be of any help? Thanks
Hi Suzie - sorry to hear about your predicament. I'll try to set your mind at
ease. While you have a history with knee plica, there is no real concern about
them recurring in a fashion that inhibits your ability to function. More
importantly, you must train to allow your knee to function in all three planes
under various loads before you return to running.
I suggest that you practice lunging, and working on ond off stairs before you
start jumping, and jump before you hop. naturally, hopping preceeds running.
Make sure that you work side to side, and with rotation as well as forward.
Hopefully a PT in you neighborhood understands function, and can help guide