January 2014 Newsletter

 

Knee Plica Syndrome

 

Plica are synovial membranes that separate the knee joint into compartments during fetal development.  Problems arise when the plica fail to diminish in size and cause irritation to the knee joint later in life.  A plica on the medial (inside) of the knee is most prone to injury/irritation due to repetitive movements such as running and may be commonly misdiagnosed as a meniscus tear or patellar tendonitis.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diagnosis of Plica Syndrome:
·      Orthopedic exam
·      MRI
·      Incidental finding during arthroscopic surgery

Treatment of Plica Syndrome:

·      Acute:

o   Rest, ice, NSAIDs

o   Cortisone injection

·      Chronic, Non-surgical:

o   Resolve soft tissue dysfunctions:

§  ART

§  Foam rolling

o   Rehabilitation

§  2-3 sets of 10-15 reps/daily

§  Quadriceps/hamstring strengthening exercises

    

Straight Leg Lift

 

 

Hip Lift

 
                                             
 
Active Performance Chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries.  Treatment is a unique blend of Active Release Techniques®, traditional chiropractic therapy, and physical rehabilitation designed to match each patient’s goals and lifestyle. 
 
 
 
 
Comments