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Plica

What is a Plica?

A Plica is a fold in the lining of the knee joint (Synovium).

How is it Injured?

The injury may be small and not remembered. The injury causes the Plica (fold
in the lining of the knee joint) to become swollen and inflamed. Repeated use
of the knee causes pain where the swollen Plica rubs on the front of the Thigh
Bone (Femur). In people who use their knee for exercise, such as runners, the
distance they can run before they get pain gets less each week.

Investigations

During your consultation Mr Lavender will examine your knee. If he feels it
necessary he will arrange a MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan).
This may be to exclude other causes of pain within your knee, as Plica are very
difficult to see, even on MRI Scans.

Treatment

In the early stages rest will allow the swelling and pain to go away.

Occasionally injections (Blue link to treatments) of anti-inflamatories into the
Plica can cure the swelling and pain.

With time the Plica becomes scarred. Once this has happened an Arthroscopy is required to remove the Plica.


Information Sheet

For more information or to gain a better understanding of the condition, download the free PDF below:

To download the Plica information sheet, right click on the PDF and choose 'Save Link As...'

Plica Information Sheet

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