Medial tibial crest friction syndrome

Last revised by Mohamed Saber on 3 Oct 2022

Medial tibial crest friction syndrome, also known as medial tibial condyle friction syndrome, is a rare entity characterized by the symptomatic inflammation resulting from extra-capsular friction of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the knee on the medial tibial crest 1-3

Patients typically present with pain and swelling approximately 2.5 cm inferior to the medial joint space 1,2.

Identifying the correct anatomical location is key to the diagnosis and the differential diagnosis.

  • bone marrow edema on the tibial crest

  • soft tissue edema surrounding the MCL at the point where the ligament meets the tibial crest

  • acute medial tibial crest (on average 8.1o lower crest angle compared to non-symptomatic) 

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