Patellofemoral Update focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The blog is sponsored by The Patellofemoral Foundation whose mission is to improve the care of individuals with anterior knee pain through targeted education and research. The Patellofemoral Foundation offers additional online education resources on its website.

Autologous chondrocyte implantation in the patella is only part of the story

August 13, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Recently Gomoll and colleagues published an excellent study entitled “Autologous chondrocyte implantation in the patella: A multicenter experience.” The…

Tibial tubercle-to-trochlear groove distance: Is it the best tool for the job?

July 22, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

The surgical community has long struggled with the concept of bony malalignment in the setting of patellofemoral instability. Authors agree that a subset of patients who…

Cartilage resurfacing, anteromedialization, or both for patella cartilage lesions?

June 18, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

It can be difficult to determine the best surgical option when dealing with symptomatic focal patella cartilage lesions. Distal realignment (anteromedialization) can be…

Previous injury, rehab of dislocated patella may lead to elongated MPFL

May 30, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

This blog is inspired by the recent paper that Oliveira and colleagues published on “Medial patellofemoral ligament anatomy: Is it a predisposing factor for…

Anterior knee pain: Remember to look up and be aware of structural anomalies

May 8, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Unfortunately, when an orthopedic surgeon sees a patient with anterior knee pain in the office, he or she normally only focuses on the knee. If we do this we are making…

Focus on the tubercle transfer: Avoid complications, choose fixation

April 23, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Surgical treatment of patellar instability has many components and successful outcomes have been reported with many different techniques. Colvin and West noted that more…

Radiographic parallax: Accuracy of lateral radiography determines femoral fixation site for MPFL graft placement during reconstruction

April 8, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Anatomic tunnel placement in medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, particularly on the femur, is critical to restoring graft isometry and function. Although the…

Many aspects of medial patellofemoral reconstruction are still controversial

March 31, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Much attention has been given to the medial patellofemoral ligament after Feller and the group from Durham, N.C., introduced us to the ligament in the early 1990s. Since…

Femoral fixation of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction grafts varies, presents challenge

February 17, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

Elvire Servien, MD, PhD, and her team in Lyon, France have studied the femoral fixation of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction grafts. They have emphasized the…

Variability in tibial tubercle to trochlear groove distance and measurements of malalignment

January 29, 2014
Patellofemoral Update

In the assessment of patellar instability, malalignment is an important factor to consider in determining the appropriate surgical treatment. Mechanical variations, such…