Plica Syndrome – Frisco, TX
The knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive treatment for Plica Syndrome. They use advanced surgical and non-surgical approaches to help patients find relief from knee pain.

Plica Syndrome

Plica is an extension of the synovial membrane, a thin slippery tissue that lines the knee. The joint is lubricated by the fluid of the synovial membrane. Plica Syndrome is a condition that occurs when synovial membrane becomes irritated or plica becomes enlarged. It may be a result of repetitive friction to the plica caused as a result of overexerting the knee joint.

Causes Of Plica Syndrome

  • Repetitive Activities: Repetitive activities such as running or climbing stairs which involve straightening and bending the knee can put stress on plica.
  • Blunt trauma or twisting of the knee: It can cause the synovial tissue around the plica to swell up and cause pain.
  • Knee injury:  Knee injuries such as Meniscus Tears can thicken the Plica and lead to the condition.
  • Structural abnormalities: Structural abnormalities in the hip or foot increase tension on the knee, thereby, causing friction.
  • Muscular Imbalances: Muscular imbalances in the quadriceps, hamstrings can also cause Plica Syndrome.

Symptoms Of Plica Syndrome

  • Knee pain: Pain in the knee after sitting for long time or doing prolonged physical activity.
  • Snapping sensation: There may be a cracking sensation while bending the knee.
  • Swelling: Swelling may be seen in the knee after exercising.
  • Weakness of the knee: Weakness may be felt in the knee while walking or running.
  • Altered mobility of the kneecap: The range of motion of the kneecap may be considerably reduced.

Diagnosis Of Plica Syndrome

An orthopedic doctor may physically examine the patient by assessing the movement, i.e. watching the walk, squat as well as strength of other joints such as hip or foot. He may conduct imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI to determine the severity of the condition.

Treatment For Plica Syndrome

Non-surgical methods:

  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist may recommend some specific exercises to increase strength and flexibility of the knee muscles.
  • Ice packs: Applying ice packs and heating pads may provide relief from pain.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medicines, as prescribed by the doctor, can help to reduce the inflammation.

Surgical methods:

  • Arthroscopic surgery:  If symptoms do not subside with non-surgical treatment options, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended. The procedure involves inserting a camera in the joint through small incisions to remove the damaged tissue.

For comprehensive treatment of Plica Syndrome, visit the knee surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.