Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Word of the day "Plica"

The Plica is a normal part of the knee joint. It is a horseshoe shaped fold in the synovial lining of the knee.
We are looking at the cutaway view of a right knee. The femur or thighbone is on the top, the tibia or shin bone is on the bottom, and the patella or kneecap is in the center.

The Plica functions as a divider between the upper and lower portions of the knee. It is attached to the articularis genu muscle on the top and the fat pad on bottom. It normally glides over the end of femur during knee flexion and extension.

I guess my Plica is inflammed, which is causing this pain.

More on the Ortho visit after I limp around and make dinner.

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