What is a Plica?

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

How is it Injured?

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The injury causing this condition can be minor and may be difficult to remember. The injury causes the Plica (fold in the lining of the knee joint) to become swollen and inflamed. Repeated use of the knee can cause serious pain when the swollen Plica rubs on the front of the thigh bone (femur). People who use their knees as part of their exercise regime, such as runners, may notice that they are able to run less every week.


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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.



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

Occasionally injections 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.



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

Plica Info Sheet

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