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BLOG: The latest topics in patellofemoral pain and instability

Orthopedics Today reports on the latest insights in patellofemoral pain and instability coming out of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America Combined Meeting, and highlights HSS research by Beth E. Shubin Stein, MD, sports medicine surgeon and Daniel W. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS, pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Shubin Stein’s research revealed important findings about the role of isolated medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction for patellar instability and discussed in the context of malalignment such as trochlear dysplasia. The findings underscored the need for a full cohort with longer-term follow-up to determine who might benefit from bony realignment in addition to soft tissue reconstruction.

Dr. Green and colleagues presented “Spontaneous correction of external tibiofemoral rotation and tibial tuberosity -Trochlear groove distance occurs after medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction in fixed or obligator dislocators.” The study found tibiofemoral rotation (TFR) is an important anatomic factor in pediatric patellar instability, and the first to show MPFL reconstruction can change intraarticular tibiofemoral rotation in severe cases.

Read the full article at Healio.com.