Procedure

  1. Patient supine with legs straight
  2. Examiner passively flexes knee to 30° while applying a lateral to medial force on the patella with the other hand (attempting to move the patella medially)

Interpretation

Positive Mediopatellar Plica Test

Medial knee pain: Plica inflammation, osteochondritis dissecans.

Clinical notes

By flexing the knee and moving the patella medially, an inflamed plica may cause tension between the patella and a medial femoral condyle, which may cause pain or discomfort.