Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA these past weeks. It’s because I finally pushed through with my MPFL Reconstruction surgery last December 01, 2014. My recovery was not without complications but I’m happy to announce that things are getting better each day.
So what is MPFL? It stands for Medial Patellofemoral Ligament. It’s the ligament that is attached to our kneecaps to keep them from sliding towards the outer side of the knee. Unfortunately for me, my MPFL has been overstretched from years of recurrent kneecap subluxations (partial dislocations). It all started when I was 10 years old. My right kneecap subluxed while I was pretending to be ice skating in our living room and it was excruciatingly painful. I felt silly afterwards but shrugged it off after putting Vicks Vaporub on my knee. The pain only lasted a week. Of course, I told my parents about it but it was a watered down version of what happened. Two weeks later, my left kneecap subluxed from running. From then on, I would get 5-6 subluxations a year, mostly from when I’d be running or walking on uneven ground. I thought it was nothing, that I just twisted my knee or something. My kneecap would pop right back in anyway and I could walk afterwards so I didn’t bother seeing a doctor.