Mickey F. Plymale, MD

Orthopedic Surgery


Mickey F. Plymale, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, completed his internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, also in New York City. He completed fellowships at the Dr. James Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and the American Sports Medicine Institute, both in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Plymale is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society. He has served as a team physician with Auburn University athletics, Birmingham Barons baseball, the Alabama Ballet Company, University of Alabama ice hockey, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) baseball tournament, Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and Truman High School in New York City. He currently provides care to numerous local middle and high schools throughout the Midlands of South Carolina, is the medical director for APEX Athletic Performance, is head team physician for South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, and is head team physician for the Columbia Fireflies baseball team.

Dr. Plymale was named best doctor by readers of The State newspaper in 2017. He treats patients from youth to the professional level, and his specialties and clinical interests include upper and lower extremity problems including shoulder, hip and knee. He provides care for fractures of the upper and lower extremity, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, meniscectomies/meniscal repairs, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder stabilization procedures, patella instability, joint preservation, cartilage transplantation as well as partial and total knee replacement.

“It usually gives patients peace of mind when I can tell them what's happened to me – here are some of the complications that I’ve had, here’s how I’ve gotten though it – and look, I’m still doing well. It usually gives them a different perspective and it allows us to bond a little better.”


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River Bluff
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White Knoll



Education and training

Specialty Orthopedic Surgery

Board CertifiedAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

EducationMarshall University School of Medicine

ResidencyMontefiore Medical Center

FellowshipAndrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center; American Sports Medicine Institute

Research and publications
  • Visualization and reduction of a mensical capsular junction tear in the knee: an arthroscopic surgical technique. View »
    Plymale M, Fleisig GS, Kocaj SM, Cooney WP, Evans TJ, Cain EL, Dugas JR
    Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Nov;43(11):498-500.
  • Tibiofemoral contact biomechanics following meniscocapsular separation and repair. View »
    Dugas JR, Barrett AM, Beason DP, Plymale MF, Fleisig GS
    Int J Sports Med. 2015 Jun;36(6):498-502. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1398656. Epub 2015 Mar 3.
  • Unipolar vs bipolar hemostasis in total knee arthroplasty: a prospective randomized trial. View »
    Plymale MF, Capogna BM, Lovy AJ, Adler ML, Hirsh DM, Kim SJ
    J Arthroplasty. 2012 Jun;27(6):1133-7.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2011.09.016. Epub 2011 Nov 4.
  • Pseudoaneurysm of the distal thigh after manipulation of a total knee arthroplasty. View »
    Sambaziotis C, Plymale M, Lovy A, O'Halloran K, McCulloch K, Geller DS
    J Arthroplasty. 2012 Aug;27(7):1414.e5-7. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2011.10.009. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
  • Isolated intra-articular pseudorheumatoid nodule of the knee. View »
    Plymale M, Lovy A, Villanueva-Siles E, Geller DS
    Skeletal Radiol. 2011 Apr;40(4):463-6. doi: 10.1007/s00256-010-1052-8. Epub 2010 Oct 25.

Research and Publications

Treatments and services

Head and neck:

  • Sports concussions


  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Collateral ligament sprains
  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome and greater trochanteric bursitis
  • Jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis)
  • Meniscal injuries
  • Multiple ligament injury repair
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Osteochondral injuries
  • Patellofemoral stress syndrome
  • Posterior cruciate ligament ruptures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections

Lower leg, foot and ankle:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever’s disease)
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Hip labral tear
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures in the female athlete
  • Turf toe

Shoulder/arm injuries:

  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Labral (SLAP) tears of the shoulder
  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Scaphoid (navicular) fractures of the hand and wrist
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder instability
Professional associations
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society

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