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.

Lateral facetectomy can improve symptoms of patellofemoral osteoarthritis

November 11, 2013

Isolate patellofemoral osteoarthritis is a relatively common condition. In a radiographic study of patients older than 40 years who had painful knees, Davies and…

Patellar alta: More precise measurements are needed for operative management

October 16, 2013

Patella alta has been a known associated factor of recurrent lateral patella dislocations for decades. The Lyon group recognized patella alta as and one of four main…

Is there a role for medial-sided repair in patellar instability?

October 1, 2013

Historically, combinations of proximal and distal realignment procedures have been used to address patellar instability. The proximal realignment procedures include…

Arthroplasty vs. joint preservation in young adults

September 18, 2013

Treatment of full-thickness patellofemoral chondral lesions in young patients remains a challenge. The goal of restoring hyaline cartilage that possesses normal…

Recognize the unique characteristics of the patellofemoral compartment

September 4, 2013

Unfortunately, the general treatment options for cartilage restoration in the United States have remained somewhat stagnant for more than 15 years. Fortunately, within…

Develop functional approach to exercise for patients with patellofemoral pain

August 15, 2013

While many advocate a functional approach to exercise for patients with patellofemoral pain, isolated muscle weakness can lead to bad compensation patterns in…

Arthroscopic patella realignment: Don’t forget minimally invasive stabilization

August 7, 2013

There has been great emphasis recently on invasive methods of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction for patella instability. Although these techniques can be…

Distalization of the patella to correct patella alta in patients with patella instability

July 17, 2013

The review of the available literature by Robert A. Magnussen, MD, on this topic is timely as orthopedic surgeons are increasingly interested in the correction of…

Avoid overtreatment of patellofemoral chondrosis/arthrosis in the athlete

July 2, 2013

Patellofemoral chondrosis/arthrosis is extremely common. It is often an incidental finding and has been reported in almost 50% of MRIs in asymptomatic players of the…

Paper underlines importance of patient counseling in maintenance of ideal body weight

June 18, 2013

Anterior knee pain is one of the most common complaints in an orthopedist's office. Some patients have pain due to abnormalities of the patella tracking over the…

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