>Back on track…..?

>Well its been some 13 months since I orginally injured my knee, on a 24 mile fell run from my house over towards High Street and the Kentmere Horseshoe.

2009 was extremely frustrating; months of rest and physio, 6 weeks of seemingly getting back on track before everything went abruptly downhill again, with acute pain in June that marked the end of running and to a large extent much time in the mountains for the rest of the year.

Gradually that pain lessened over the Autumn and Winter with enforced rest and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy climbing this winter, with some steady ascents and descents, but with niggling pain never far away.

But today, after numerous scans, numerous consulations and alot of frustration I have finally had surgery. A diagnostic Arthroscopy which it seems, highlighted an aggravated Medial Plica, the likely cause of all my pain and worrying collapsing sensations whilst descending downhill.

The Plica only becomes a problem, I am told, when the knee is irritated (as mine probably was by the orginal tendon injury) causing the Plica to thicken. Equally repetitive motion can also cause inflamation. This can then catch on the Femur that in turns causes it to remain inflamed – a viscious circle and a condition that is apparently hard to detect by an MRI scan.

So fingers crossed thats it, I can now start the long road to recovery and will be back eating through those miles before too long again.


About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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