How is knee plica syndrome treated?
Most individuals do well with conservative treatment options. Dr. Williams may limit the patient’s activity level if he or she is an active runner or cyclist to reduce inflammation, and, therefore, reduce pain. The use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as well as icing the knee can also mitigate pain and inflammation. Corticosteroid injections in the knee can help manage plica inflammation but should be used sparingly.
If conservative treatment methods fail, surgery may be required. Surgery is done arthroscopically (using small incisions and a small camera). The symptomatic plica is removed. The area where the plica is taken heals with scar tissue. There are typically no functional issues associated with the removal of a symptomatic plica of the knee. Physical therapy may be necessary after surgery is performed.