Friday, January 19, 2018

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Knee Pain: Signs and Symptoms

Plica Syndrome: Plica syndrome occurs when bands of branded synovial tissues are irritated by overuse or injury.  Synovial plicas are remnants of tissue pouches found in early fetal development.  These pouches normally combined to form one large synovial cavity, but if the process is incomplete, plicae remain as for folds or bands of synovial tissue within the knee.  Injury, chronic overuse, or inflammatory conditions are associated with development of this syndrome.  Usually play has syndrome is characterized by pain near the anteriomedial (in front and toward the midline) cited the patella (kneecap).

Usually the pain is associated with bending of the knee and is irritated after and during exercise.  Usually, no other symptoms other than the pain are present, but it can occasionally be accompanied by swelling of the knee after prolonged physical activity.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Knee pain
  • knee swelling
  • knee clicking
  • knee locking
  • knee weakness