I hurt my knee in December of 2003 while doing leg press. I went to several doctors and some said they werent sure or it was chondromalachia. One said it was plica syndrom and that I needed surgery. I opted for surgery last October 2004. He told me to do lots of leg extensions to work my VMO, i noticed that this made my knee hurt pretty bad for 2-3 days following, and I wasnt getting any stronger. I started learning about muscle balance and began with trying to balance out my adductors and abductors. Then I did hamstring work to balance that out. Most recently in May I emailed you and as per your suggestion did some glute work, and more hamstring work. I've come a long way from hurting all the time to hurting almost never. I thank you for that.
I still have the thing that started from the beginning though, when I squat down my right knee clicks on the medial side. It isn't a meniscal tear, although I have not had an MRI scan, Ive done all the tests numerous times and nothing seems to show up.
If i put my weight on my heels and keep my toes pointing straight forward, not outward at all and sit back to squat, I rarely if ever have any clicking, but If i put the weight on the balls of my feet the chance increases and if i let my feet point out to the side at all my knee clicks every time. If I let my knee click it will hurt for a while after, and if it happens several times it will hurt bad for a longer time.
I still haven't been able to resume my training (running) since the injury, my knee will ache for a while after I run, although that seems to be getting better over time.. although its been a damn long time.
Anyway i was hoping you could point me in the direction of something new to do, or if the problem is possibly something besides Plica Syndrom or a meniscal tear, and how I would get that checked. I haven't tried ART, but the nearest provider is a 2.5 hour drive each way.
One thing that has been suggested is that it is a medial retinaculum, although I have almost no understanding of what that is. Anyway, thanks in advance Eric - you are, in terms of knowledge, what I want to be very soon (1st year Exersize Science student).
I was also wondering if there could be a possible link between this and achillies tendionitis. I had that about 4 months before I was hurt, and I know another person who had plica syndrom - he also had achillies tendonitis before getting plica syndrom - could just be coincidence.
Also the other night while lifting I decided to do some bent knee calf raises. My knee hurt more than normal after doing only a couple sets. I stopped rigtht away and realized that I had been doing those around the time I was hurt also, but the actual symptoms and problems came when I was doing the leg press. Maybe this has somethign to do with it?