Patients who go through surgery to remove plica from their knees should expect the recovery process to last several months, but the exact time varies. The emphasis during recovery is on rebuilding strength and flexibility through therapeutic exercises, according to Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
The term "plica" actually refers to a fold that appears within the knee joint lining. There are four, but the one that causes the most problems is the medial plica, which connects the bottom of the kneecap to the bottom of the thigh bone on the inside of the knee joint. Irritation through repetitive movements in activities such as cycling, running or using a stairclimber for fitness can lead to plica syndrome. Many patients report a reduction in pain through rest and the use of ice packs or anti-inflammatories, or even a cortisone shot, but surgery is the only option for some, states Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.