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.

BLOG: Form follows function with the patella

March 10, 2020

by Pieter Erasmus, MD John P. Fulkerson, MD, recently wrote a blog article of his team’s findings looking at 3D reconstructions of the patellofemoral articulation…

BLOG: Meta-analysis highlights treatments for patellofemoral cartilage lesions

February 13, 2020

Focal chondral and osteochondral defects of the knee are common injuries found in the patellofemoral joint and can significantly impair a patient’s quality of life…

BLOG: Anteromedial tibial tuberosity transfer

January 30, 2020

I first described this procedure, also called anteromedialization of the tibial tubercle, in 1983. Since then, the procedure has gained wide acceptance, particularly in…

BLOG: Observations regarding the trochlea morphology in trochlea dysplasia

November 8, 2019

by John P. Fulkerson, MD Dysplasia of the femoral trochlea is complex and variable. Why it occurs is poorly understood. Some believe that trochlea dysplasia is…

BLOG: Which outcome measures are valid for patellofemoral instability?

October 10, 2019

by Laurie A. Hiemstra, MD, PhD, FRCSC; and Sarah Kerslake, MSc, BPhty  

BLOG: Surgical treatment of patella instability in perspective

July 19, 2019

by John P. Fulkerson, MD Erickson and colleagues published an article in the May 2019 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine entitled, “Isolated medial…

BLOG: Management of first-time patellar dislocation with a statistically augmented clinical approach

June 10, 2019

Patellar dislocation represents 2% to 3% of orthopedic knee presentations and an even larger portion of cases for those treating predominantly non-arthroplasty…

BLOG: Considerations for patellofemoral joint preservation vs patellofemoral arthroplasty

May 1, 2019

by Sabrina Strickland, MD Many patients come into the office with complaints of anterior knee pain that they have had for years and when you look at the data, 24% of…

BLOG: Preoperative opioids associated with postoperative use, inferior outcomes after patellofemoral stabilization surgery

March 7, 2019

by Matthew J. Bollier, MD The excessive prescribing and consumption of opioid pain medication has become a national focus. The United States is responsible for more than…

BLOG: Patellofemoral Traveling Fellowship update

February 8, 2019

The challenge of knowing when not to operate can be a difficult lesson to learn. As an orthopedic surgeon dealing with pediatric patella instability, it can be…