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Can medial plica syndrome cause instability or the knee to give way? Something like "pseudo giving way"?

Can medial plica syndrome cause instability or the knee to give way? Something like "pseudo giving way"?

Yes.: A painful plica can cause the quad (thigh) muscles to shut down, and give you a sense of the knee "giving out". ...Read more

Plica (Definition)

Infolding synovial tissue within a joint. It is a normal finding. It may on occasion get ...Read more


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Diagnosed with plica syndrome. Had physical therapy for 3 months...knee still hurts. Should I consider surgery?

Diagnosed with plica syndrome. Had physical therapy for 3 months...knee still hurts. Should I consider surgery?

Possibly.: Surgery is possible. But make sure that you're being treated by a sports medicine orthopedic knee surgeon, who can make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is a medial plica of the knee?

What is a medial plica of the knee?

Synovial fold: Medial plica is a thickening or fold in the synovial lining of the knee. (plica synovialis mediopatellaris = medial plica: extends from the infrapatellar fat pad to the medial capsule of the knee, in the coronal plane.) this is a common finding which generally causes no problems. Very rarely it can cause a painful plica syndrome. ...Read more

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Why I can NOT flex my knee if I only had knee plica removed?

Why I can NOT flex my knee if I only had knee plica removed?

Depends: If soon after the surgery there may still be fluid in the knee from the procedure.

The amount of tissue derided (cut out) may be extensive and be causing an irritation that is inhibiting your flexion. Sometimes there is bleeding after the surgery that can cause swelling and some fibrosis.
Physical therapy is indicated and may take up to 6 weeks to regain your motion.

Ask surgeon if persists ...Read more

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I'm having my plica removed from my knee. What are the pros and cons of the procedure?

I'm having my plica removed from my knee. What are the pros and cons of the procedure?

Not many: The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons lists infection, blood clots in the leg and complications from anesthesia as potential complications of arthroscopic surgery. According to "synovial plicae around the knee, " resection of the plica can result in bleeding into the joint, and reformation of a scarred plica when removal of the plica is incomplete. ...Read more

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Can plica of the knee come back?

Can plica of the knee come back?

Possible: But generally if its excised then its gone for the most part. Speak with your orthopedic surgeon to get more clarity. ...Read more

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Bilateral plica removal and knee cleanup 4 days ago. Can walk with a limp but unstable. Should I use the crutches at a crowded event tomorrow?

Bilateral plica removal and knee cleanup 4 days ago. Can walk with a limp but unstable. Should I use the crutches at a crowded event tomorrow?

Crutches for safety!: Until you can do a strong straight leg raise, signifying reasonable quadriceps strength and control, you would be safer and at less risk for injury from a fall if you used crutches in a crowded event in the coming days ...Read more

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I already went to see a second opinion for not being able to straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis what exactly is that. Plica?

I already went to see a second opinion for not being able to straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis what exactly is that. Plica?

Scar tissue: Arthro means joint and fibrosis is basically scar tissue or thickening of collagen. Arthrofibrosis is basically when the scar tissue bands, scar tissue, or thickened collagen surround the joint keeping it from moving. If stretching doesn't work, surgery to release and debride scar tissue can be attempted. Unfortunately, it can sometimes reccur. ...Read more

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

No: Plicas only very rarely cause knee pain. When we do surgery to remove the plicas, they don't return. There can sometimes be a small amount of scar folds that develop in its place but they generally don't cause pain. If you have a return of pain, the plica was unlikely to be the cause of the original pain. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Does plica ever grow back in the knee? What is the recovery time of having plica removed and having a chondroplasty done?

Does plica ever grow back in the knee? What is the recovery time of having plica removed and having a chondroplasty done?

No: I do not think the plica will grow back, the second part of question have to do recovery from chondroplasty depend on the amount and how sever chodroplasty is it could take about 3 month. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

Plica: Yes! If the factors causing the irritation on synovial mbrne continue, it can recur. A good chiropractor might have some answers to your persistent problem. ...Read more

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Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Do physical therapy.: An article discussed this. 3/4 of patitns precover with phsycial theapy. Surgery is rare. One needs:
1) instruction of appropriate knee exercise/sports ;
2) a 3 month stretching program for the muscles;
3) providing guidance for knee extension exercises, especially "physical terminal" knee extension exercises, for strengthening. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bilat. PFPS, and ended up having both plica removed. Would I still have PFPS or w/o the plica am I "cured"? Am I prone to knee injury?

Diagnosed with bilat. PFPS, and ended up having both plica removed. Would I still have PFPS or w/o the plica am I "cured"? Am I prone to knee injury?

I call it pstello-: -femoral stress syndrome (PFSS).Same. U have poor alignment & plica removal does nothing 2 correct alignment. If it is a persistent problem, C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. There R some surgical procedures that improve it. Some R soft tissue & some involving bone or some need both @ the same time.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Can my knee get worse if I don't have plica/scar tissue removed?

Can my knee get worse if I don't have plica/scar tissue removed?

Not necessarily: Plica is a normal structure
if injured or inflamed it may cause damage to the articular cartilage. Conservative rx is usually all it takes
surgery is effective if needed. ...Read more

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What can I do to get better from my knee the MRI says I have a thickened suprapatellar plica?

What can I do to get better from my knee the MRI says I have a thickened suprapatellar plica?

C knee specialist: If u r having trouble on the inner side of the knee an exam by an orthopedic surgeon along with him looking @ the mr is the way 2 go. ...Read more

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Where is anterior scar tissue in your knee? Is scar tissue the same as having plica? Can plica grow back?

Where is anterior scar tissue in your knee? Is scar tissue the same as having plica? Can plica grow back?

Plica: Scar tissue and a plica are separate things. A plica is an embryological synovial (joint lining) tissue that can be symptomatic occasionally. Scar tissue is a repairative type of tissue that forms in response to trauma. ...Read more

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When will the swelling go away after synovial plica removed? I have two months and my knee is very stiff and painful.

Need P.T: Did you have Physical therapy after your surgery??? Contact your Orthopedic Doc! You more than likely need some active Physical Therapy to increase your range of motion and decrease your stiffness and pain. Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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After having chronic pain in both knees for most of my life, I had the plica removed in one knee - but now the pain is worse. What is my next step?

After having chronic pain in both knees for most of my life, I had the plica removed in one knee - but now the pain is worse. What is my next step?

One knee: Please see your doctor who took care of one knee. He/she will work with you very carefully.
It is also important to see what is causing your problems.

Hope all goes well - please let me know what happens. ...Read more

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14 year old sister wants to bronc ride but has former knee problems such as plica in the meniscus I'm concerned that she may aggravate this injury?

Plica: Was she treated for her plica with anti-inflammatory meds or surgery. If plica was surgically removed, there should be no concerns for further inflammation or irritation. ...Read more

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Arthroscopy of the knee and had some plica removed over 9 weeks ago now and I have more pain now then before surgery, could I have caused more damage?

Arthroscopy of the knee and had some plica removed over 9 weeks ago now and I have more pain now then before surgery, could I have caused more damage?

Uncommonly...: Pain even two months after arthroscopic plica surgery is not uncommon. Nerve injury is uncommon but possible. Proper padding can help with pain. Allow complete recovery before returning to vigorous activity, like sports. If pain persists, see your surgeon or a physiatrist, a doctor who specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. ...Read more

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I had surgery about 5 months ago for plica removal but most recently my knee has been locking up and a lot of instability. I recently had a new MRI and?

I had surgery about 5 months ago for plica removal but most recently my knee has been locking up and a lot of instability. I recently had a new MRI and?

Depends: Locking up and instability may indicate a meniscus or ligament injury. You may have a new problem, and your new MRI in addition to your symptoms and physical exam will help your orthopaedic surgeon advise you on the appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

It: It sounds like you may be dealing with moderate to severe arthritis as well as a possible injury to ligament or tendon. The x-rays and MRI should be diagnostic. Ra is a possibility however multiple joints are usually involved. If it is found that arthritis is present and severe, then you may need a knee replacement. It sounds like your doctor is doing a fine work up.
Best of luck. ...Read more