Hello everyone, My 14 yr old daughter is a competitive swimmer. She has had medial knee pain for atleast 2 yrs. It comes and goes and now she hasnt been able to swim for the past 7 weeks without pain. We have exhausted all methods of relief and only thing left if to have a arthroscopy. Has anyone had any experience with this diagnosis and rehabilitation experiences to share? All we see online is the horrible experiences. There has to be some positive outcomes with this surgery!! Thank you
Last Edit: Jan 14, 2017 17:02:16 GMT -6 by castrokt1
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Jan 17, 2017 9:53:58 GMT -6
I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's situation. Having the right doctor makes a big difference for successful treatment of sports injuries. Please post here what doctor will be doing the surgery. Also, let me know any other doctor who gave a second opinion. You can post here, or click on my name and send me a private message.
Hello, I am a student working with Dr. Fleisig. He has asked me to research more about plica syndrome for you and here is what I found: Studies from both 2008 (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684145/?log$=activity) and 2010 (www.thekneejournal.com/article/S0968-0160(09)00129-X/abstract) reported that about 68% of patients who have undergone this surgery reported a good or excellent long term functional outcome. Although every case is not successful, the majority seem to be satisfied with the results. It is also good to note that the longer one delays having the procedure, the more likely they are to cause even more cartilage damage; this will likely decrease the chances of success. The sooner one has the surgery the better the results. Depending on the individual, rehabilitation can last for only a few weeks, although it is not advised to rush recovery. Furthermore, a study done in 1991 (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1962718) reported that a more favorable outcome was seen in younger individuals. It is also recommended that even after a return to normal activity, patients should continue to routinely perform exercises that help alleviate knee pain to reduce the risk of symptoms reoccurring.
Thank you. I appreciate the response. We had an appt with the OS today and are scheduled for next week. He spoke to us about the procedure and what to expect since he has done the procedure several times before. So hopefully my daughter's recovery goes extremely well and she gets to do what she loves- competitive swimming. Thanks again.