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: Medial quadriceps tendon-femoral ligament provides alternative for medial patellofemoral stabilization

April 8, 2015

I just finished dissecting 10 fresh knees with the help of our University of Connecticut Orthopedic Research fellow, Andreas Voss, MD. The medial quadriceps…

Tibial tubercle osteotomy: Soft tissue stabilization may be required to completely correct maltracking

March 20, 2015

The indications for distal realignment as part of the treatment for recurrent patellofemoral instability are based upon limited evidence. For patients without bony…

Radiographic location does not ensure precise femoral fixation site in MPFL reconstruction

February 19, 2015

Currently, it is widely accepted that the choice of an anatomic femoral fixation site is crucial for a successful medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. Given…

Why does distal patella articular softening happen?

February 3, 2015

Orthopedic surgeons who are familiar with knee arthroscopy in young people with chronic, resistant anterior knee pain are painfully aware of soft distal and lateral…

Pain related to lateral patella malalignment and focal cartilage overload

January 21, 2015

It is interesting that many young people with chronic anterior knee pain have either lateral retinacular tightness, distal or lateral patella cartilage softening, or…

Patella alta, patellar instability: Complex interplay between patellar height, instability and other risk factors

December 16, 2014

During normal patellar tracking, the patella engages in the trochlea at around 30° of knee flexion and remains stable then after due to the bony constraints of the…

Tibial tubercle osteotomy in association with MPFL reconstruction: When is it really needed?

December 8, 2014

Recurrent lateral patellar dislocation is a debilitating knee condition that frequently involves young, active patients, significantly affecting their quality of life…

Medial patellar instability: Beware of the lateral release

November 4, 2014

Medial patellar instability is an uncommon form of patellar instability. The traditional surgical approaches to patellar instability aim to address lateral instability…

‘Not medically necessary’: Follow practical considerations for patellofemoral cartilage restoration

October 21, 2014

Previous Patellofemoral Update blogs have detailed the options and rationale for cartilage restoration in the patellofemoral compartment. In patients who have failed…

Barefoot running: Is it good news for the knee?

October 7, 2014

Running is a popular form of exercise because of the positive health benefits and the fact that it can be done virtually anywhere without any special equipment. Many…

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