Syndrome > Treatments
In addition to rest and ice, non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen
can be used to reduce pain and inflammation caused by
plica syndrome. It is important to follow the directions
on the bottle when taking anti-inflammatories. Excessive
of these medicines can cause ulcers, kidney problems,
liver problems, and bleeding problems. You may want
to contact your physician prior to starting.
The most important component of rehabilitation
for sufferers of plica syndrome is relative rest. This
means modifying your workouts to avoid the activities
that cause pain. For example, instead of riding a bike
or running, you could swim or rollerblade instead. Or,
if your pain is not severe, you could reduce the intensity
of your workout for example, using less resistance
when you ride, or eliminating hills from a running workout.
Depending on how serious you are about the relative
rest and physical therapy, you may be able to return
to a normal level of activity in six to 12 weeks.
While it is always important to stretch
and strengthen the muscles around your knees, particularly
the quadriceps and hamstrings, these will not by themselves
prevent plica syndrome, which is primarily caused by
overuse. However, you may be able to reduce your chances
of recurring plica syndrome by avoiding a sudden increase
in activities that require repetitive motion that irritate
the plicae, such as cycling or using a stair-climbing
machine, and instead, easing into a routine.