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  1. Plica in the Knee - Topic Overview

    Plica in the knee is a ridge or fold of the tissues lining the knee joint (synovium).Normally a plica does not cause problems, but it can become inflamed and thickened from injury or overuse. This is called plica syndrome. Plica syndrome can interfere with normal joint function and cause pain when the thickened plica rubs over other structures in the knee. It can usually be treated with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee.

  2. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - Topic Overview

    What is patellofemoral pain syndrome?Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition of pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap.What causes patellofemoral pain syndrome?Patellofemoral pain syndrome may be caused by overuse, injury, excess weight,

  3. Patellar Dislocation - Topic Overview

    The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur). A kneecap can be dislocated,or moved out of its normal position,when: The kneecap is out of place ( patellar tracking disorder ) and force is applied,causing dislocation. The foot is firmly planted pointing outward,and the knee is bent with the thigh turned inward. This kind ...

  4. Patellar Tracking Disorder - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about patellar tracking disorder:What is patellar tracking disorder?What happens when the kneecap is partially dislocated?What are the symptoms of a completely dislocated kneecap?Getting treatment:What exercises can I do for patellar tracking disorder?What types of surgery can be done for lasting knee pain?Living with patellar tracking disorder:What can I do at home to reduce knee pain?

  5. Patellar Tracking Disorder - Topic Overview

    What is patellar tracking disorder? Patellar tracking disorder means that the kneecap (patella) shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. In most cases, the kneecap shifts too far toward the outside of the leg. In a few people, it shifts toward the inside. Your knee joint is a complex hinge that joins the two bones of the lower leg with the thighbone. The kneecap sits in a groove at the end of the thighbone. It is held in place by tendons on the top and bottom and by ligaments on the sides.A layer of cartilage lines the underside of the kneecap. This helps it glide along the groove in the thighbone. A problem with any of these parts in or around the knee can lead to patellar tracking disorder.What causes patellar tracking disorder? Patellar tracking disorder is usually caused by several problems combined, such as:The way your knee is formed. Things that can lead to a knee problem include having a small or flat kneecap, knock-knees, a very long patellar tendon, or a shallow

  6. Patellar Tracking Disorder - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Patellar Tracking Disorder: Exercises

  7. Patellar Subluxation - Topic Overview

    A subluxation is a partial dislocation. The kneecap,or patella,can sublux out of its normal track when it is not firmly held by the surrounding tendons and ligaments or the joint is structurally unsound. A patellar subluxation feels like the kneecap is shifting or jamming out of place. Usually,a subluxated patella returns to its normal position by itself. However,repeated incidents can ...

  8. Ankle Sprain Classification - Topic Overview

    An inversion injury,the most common cause of ankle sprains,occurs when the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward. It results in stretching and tearing of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. In an eversion injury,the ankle rolls inward and the foot turns outward,damaging the ligaments at the inside of the ankle. If the foot is forced up,or the leg twists forcefully while ...

  9. Radiofrequency Ablation for Arthritis Pain

    Learn more from WebMD about radiofrequency ablation, a procedure used to treat arthritis pain.

  10. Debridement for Rotator Cuff Disorders - Topic Overview

    Debridement involves removing loose fragments of tendon,thickened bursa,and other debris from around the shoulder joint. By clearing damaged tissue from the region of the shoulder joint,it helps the doctor to see the extent of the injury and determine whether you need more surgery. Debridement may be done in arthroscopic surgery (through two or three tiny incisions) or in open surgery ...

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