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Also known as: knee plica syndrome, synovial plica syndrome of the knee.
Plica syndrome is a condition that causes knee pain. It occurs when the plica, fold in the synovial membrane surrounding the knee joint, becomes inflamed.
Plica syndrome is most commonly an overuse injury caused by repetitive movements related to biking, running or other activities. It can also occur as the result of a fall or another traumatic injury.
The most common symptom of plica syndrome is an achy pain or sensation that grows worse during the offending activity. A clicking or cracking sound in the knee, a locking sensation and the feeling like your knee may give out are other potential symptoms of the condition.
Plica syndrome can occur in both adults and children, although it appears to be less common in children who are under 10 years old.
Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD
This page was last updated on: April 21, 2021 09:41 AM
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Anterior knee pain is the medical term for pain that occurs at the front of the knee (as opposed to posterior knee pain). It can range from mildly irritating to debilitating in severity.
Overuse injuries of the knee are problems that occur with the knees due to performing a repetitive motion. They include issues such as runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, patellar tendinitis and others.