Plica of the Knee

A condition which occurs when a plica (an extension of the protective synovial capsule of the knee) becomes irritated, enlarged, or inflamed. This inflammation is typically caused by the plica being caught on the femur, or pinched between the femur and the patella. The most common location of plica tissue is along the medial (inside) side of the knee. The plica can tether the patella to the femur, be located between the femur and patella, or be located along the femoral condyle.
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  • Pain in the medial knee
  • Swelling in the knee
  • "Snapping" sensation
  • Point tender to medial knee
  • Repetitive motion
  • Excessive kneeling
  • Excessive running, biking, stair climbing
  • Direct blow
  • ROM and stretching
  • Knee stabilization strengthening
  • Lower extremity strengthening exercise
  • Cryotherapy



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