What is the medical treatment of plica syndrome?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Medical treatment of plica syndrome has been driven largely by empiric evidence. A structured program of stretching and strengthening exercises often leads to some improvement. This may include short-arc quadriceps extension exercises (terminal ~20° of extension). These exercises are aimed at optimizing patellofemoral biodynamic relationships in an effort to control symptoms.

A patellar knee sleeve worn during sporting activities (usually a neoprene-type brace) may also be a useful adjunct for many athletes. In addition, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a time-tested and confirmed aid for many athletes with plica syndrome.

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