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Plica Syndrome

Plica Syndrome Causes

Pica syndrome may be either acute or chronic, and may be caused by a sudden injury like falling or an accident that cause the medial (inner) plica to become inflamed. Chonic plica problems can occur when medial plica is irritated by repeated actions like biking.

Plica Syndrome Definition

Plica Syndrome pertains to an irritation to the plica - a fold of tissue lining the knee joint. Plica syndrome appears to occur in females more than in males. This disorder does not appear to damage the knee but can be very painful.

Plica Syndrome Diagnosis

Diagnosis for plica syndrome is mostly based on the patient's medical history as well as a physical exam conducted by a doctor to determine what hurts and where. This is to determine which part of the knee is injured. MRIs and X-rays may be needed to rule out other conditions.

Plica Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

A classic sign of Plica syndrome is pain radiating from the knees. In addition, the patient may also experience difficulty bending knees and may feel a snapping or popping sensation. Knees may be unstable at times. Knees may also become swollen.

Plica Syndrome Treatment

Non-severe cases do not need surgery. A simple anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen and aspirin can be used to reduce inflammation. Avoid exercises like cycling or using the stair master. Ice packs may also bring short relief. For severe cases, surgery may be needed to remove the irritated plica.

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