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American Journal of Sports Medicine

Jong Pil Yoon, Chang-Hwa Lee, Jae Wook Jung, Hyun-Joo Lee, Yong-Soo Lee, Ja-Yeon Kim, Ga Young Park, Jin Hyun Choi, Seok Won Chung
BACKGROUND: The failure rate for healing after rotator cuff repair is relatively high. PURPOSE: To establish a system for sustained release of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) using an alginate scaffold and evaluate the effects of the sustained release of TGF-β1 on rotator cuff healing in a rabbit model. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Before the in vivo animal study, a standard MTS assay was performed to evaluate cell proliferation and metabolic activity on the alginate scaffold...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Stefanos Farfaras, Ninni Sernert, Lars Rostgard Christensen, Erling K Hallström, Jüri-Toomas Kartus
BACKGROUND: The long-term outcome after the treatment of subacromial impingement syndrome (SAIS) with either nonsurgical or surgical methods has not been thoroughly investigated. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose was to evaluate the long-term clinical outcome and the presence of rotator cuff injuries and osteoarthritis (OA) after the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of SAIS. The hypothesis was that, at a minimum 10 years after the initial treatment, patients who had undergone acromioplasty would have a better clinical outcome and run a lower risk of developing rotator cuff ruptures and OA as compared with those treated with physical therapy...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Christopher L Camp, Stan Conte, John D'Angelo, Stephen A Fealy, Christopher S Ahmad
BACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the annual number of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstructions performed in amateur baseball pitchers. Accordingly, increasing numbers of players are entering professional baseball having already undergone the procedure; however, the effect of prior UCL reconstruction on future success remains unknown. PURPOSE: (1) To provide an epidemiologic report on baseball players who undergo UCL reconstruction before being selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, (2) to define the outcomes in terms of statistical performance, and (3) to compare these results with those of matched controls (ie, non-UCL reconstruction)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Kwang Hwan Park, Yeokgu Hwang, Seung Hwan Han, Yoo Jung Park, Dong Woo Shim, Woo Jin Choi, Jin Woo Lee
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported promising clinical results after osteochondral autograft transplantation (OAT) for the treatment of large osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLT). However, no study has yet compared clinical outcomes between primary and secondary OAT for large OLT. PURPOSE: The purpose is to compare clinical outcomes among patients with large OLT who receive primary OAT versus those who receive secondary OAT after failure of marrow stimulation and to identify factors associated with clinical failure...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Christopher Nacca, Joseph A Gil, Rohit Badida, Joseph J Crisco, Brett D Owens
BACKGROUND: There is currently no consensus regarding the amount of posterior glenoid bone loss that is considered critical. Critical bone loss is defined as the amount of bone loss that occurs in which an isolated labral repair will not sufficiently restore stability. PURPOSE: The purpose is to identify the critical size of the posterior defect. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Eleven cadaveric shoulders were tested...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Richard C Mather, Shane J Nho, Andrew Federer, Berna Demiralp, Jennifer Nguyen, Asha Saavoss, Michael J Salata, Marc J Philippon, Asheesh Bedi, Christopher M Larson, J W Thomas Byrd, Lane Koenig
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis and treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) have increased steadily within the past decade, and research indicates clinically significant improvements after treatment of FAI with hip arthroscopy. PURPOSE: This study examined the societal and economic impact of hip arthroscopy by high-volume surgeons for patients with FAI syndrome aged <50 years with noncontroversial diagnosis and indications for surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Economic and decision analysis; Level of evidence, 2...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Takahiro Ogura, Tim Bryant, Brian A Mosier, Tom Minas
BACKGROUND: Treating bipolar chondral lesions in the tibiofemoral (TF) compartment with cartilage repair procedures is challenging, and a suitable treatment remains unclear. PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical outcomes after autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) for the treatment of bipolar chondral lesions in the TF compartment. STUDY DESIGN: Case series; Level of evidence, 4. METHODS: We evaluated 57 patients who underwent ACI for the treatment of symptomatic bipolar chondral lesions in the TF compartment by a single surgeon between October 1995 and June 2014...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
You-Zhi Cai, Chi Zhang, Ri-Long Jin, Tong Shen, Peng-Cheng Gu, Xiang-Jin Lin, Jian-De Chen
BACKGROUND: Due to the highly organized tissue and avascular nature of the rotator cuff, rotator cuff tears have limited ability to heal after the tendon is reinserted directly on the greater tubercle of the humerus. Consequently, retears are among the most common complications after rotator cuff repair. Augmentation of rotator cuff repairs with patches has been an active area of research in recent years to reduce retear rate. HYPOTHESIS: Graft augmentation with 3D collagen could prevent retears of the repaired tendon and improve tendon-bone healing in moderate to large rotator cuff tears...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Arnhild Bakken, Stephen Targett, Tone Bere, Cristiano Eirale, Abdulaziz Farooq, Andrea B Mosler, Johannes L Tol, Rod Whiteley, Karim M Khan, Roald Bahr
BACKGROUND: Lower extremity muscle strength tests are commonly used to screen for injury risk in professional soccer. However, there is limited evidence on the ability of such tests in predicting future injuries. PURPOSE: To examine the association between hip and thigh muscle strength and the risk of lower extremity injuries in professional male soccer players. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Professional male soccer players from 14 teams in Qatar underwent a comprehensive strength assessment at the beginning of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Scott C Faucett, Benjamin Peter Geisler, Jorge Chahla, Aaron J Krych, Peter R Kurzweil, Abigail M Garner, Shan Liu, Robert F LaPrade, Jan B Pietzsch
BACKGROUND: Medial meniscus root tears are a common knee injury and can lead to accelerated osteoarthritis, which might ultimately result in a total knee replacement. PURPOSE: To compare meniscus repair, meniscectomy, and nonoperative treatment approaches among middle-aged patients in terms of osteoarthritis development, total knee replacement rates (clinical effectiveness), and cost-effectiveness. STUDY DESIGN: Meta-analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Lina Holm Ingelsrud, Caroline B Terwee, Berend Terluin, Lars-Petter Granan, Lars Engebretsen, Kathryn A G Mills, Ewa M Roos
BACKGROUND: Meaningful change scores in the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) in patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction have not yet been established. PURPOSE: To define the minimal important change (MIC) for the KOOS after ACL reconstruction. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study (diagnosis); Level of evidence, 2. METHODS: KOOS and anchor questions with 7-point scales ranging from "better, an important improvement" to "worse, an important worsening" were completed postoperatively by randomly chosen participants from the Norwegian Knee Ligament Registry...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
K C Geoffrey Ng, Mario Lamontagne, Jonathan R T Jeffers, George Grammatopoulos, Paul E Beaulé
BACKGROUND: As there is a high prevalence of patients with cam deformities and no ongoing hip dysfunction, understanding the biomechanical factors predicting the onset of symptoms and degenerative changes is critical. One such variable is how the spinopelvic parameters may influence hip and pelvic sagittal mobility. Hypothesis/Purpose: Pelvic incidence may predict sagittal hip and pelvic motions during walking and squatting. The purpose was to determine which anatomic characteristics were associated with symptoms and how they influenced functional hip and pelvic ranges of motion (ROMs) during walking and squatting...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Peter D Fabricant, Joash R Suryavanshi, Jacob G Calcei, Robert G Marx, Roger F Widmann, Daniel W Green
BACKGROUND: Recent data have shown an increase in youth sports participation at younger ages, which may be linked to greater musculoskeletal injury risk. The Hospital for Special Surgery Pediatric Functional Activity Brief Scale (HSS Pedi-FABS) is a validated 8-item instrument designed to quantify the activity of children between 10 and 18 years old. Normative data on pediatric and adolescent activity level are unknown. PURPOSE: To establish normative activity-level data for American youth and to determine if there is a natural decrease in activity level during adolescence...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Jing Xie, Demao Zhang, Yunfeng Lin, Quan Yuan, Xuedong Zhou
BACKGROUND: The meniscus plays an important role in knee joint diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA). Meniscal injuries can be accompanied by joint catabolic events initiated by inflammation, leading to articular cartilage destruction, but the cellular events responsible for intrinsic meniscal injury and the extracellular matrix changes necessary for meniscal degradation are not well known. PURPOSE: To explore the cellular and matrix-related changes of menisci based on a mouse OA model of anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Ryan N Moran, Tracey Covassin, R J Elbin, Dan Gould, Sally Nogle
BACKGROUND: The Vestibular/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) measure is a newly developed vestibular and ocular motor symptom provocation screening tool for sport-related concussions. Baseline data, psychometric properties, and reliability of the VOMS are needed to further understand the applications of this tool, especially in the youth population, where research is scarce. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to establish normative data and document the internal consistency and false-positive rate of the VOMS in a sample of nonconcussed youth athletes...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Brett S Pexa, Eric D Ryan, Joseph B Myers
BACKGROUND: Previous research indicates that the amount of valgus torque placed on the elbow joint during overhead throwing is higher than the medial ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) can tolerate. Wrist and finger flexor muscle activity is hypothesized to make up for this difference, and in vitro studies that simulated activity of upper extremity musculature, specifically the flexor digitorum superficialis and flexor carpi ulnaris, support this hypothesis. PURPOSE: To assess the medial elbow joint space at rest, under valgus stress, and under valgus stress with finger and forearm flexor contraction by use of ultrasonography in vivo...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Yang-Soo Kim, Hyo-Jin Lee, Jong-Ho Kim, Dong-Young Noh
BACKGROUND: Patients with partial-thickness rotator cuff tears (PTRCTs) can be treated nonoperatively and/or undergo operative treatment, but the ideal time for surgical intervention is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose is to compare the results of immediate arthroscopic rotator cuff repair with repair after 6 months of nonoperative care of PTRCTs involving more than 50% of the tendon thickness. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial; Level of evidence, 2...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Sebastian A Müller, Christopher H Evans, Patricia E Heisterbach, Martin Majewski
BACKGROUND: The role of the paratenon in tendon healing is unknown. The present study compares healing in the presence or absence of the paratenon in an Achilles tendon defect model in rats. HYPOTHESIS: Resection of the paratenon impairs tendon healing. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Sixty skeletally mature Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either a resected paratenon (RP) group or an intact paratenon (IP) group...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Shuyang Han, Jerry W Alexander, Vijai S Thomas, Joshua Choi, Joshua D Harris, David B Doherty, Jonathan R T Jeffers, Philip C Noble
BACKGROUND: Hip "microinstability" is commonly cited as the cause of symptoms that occur in the presence of translation of the femoral head away from conformity with the acetabular fossa. However, there is still no consistent objective criteria defining its presence and biomechanical basis. One hypothesis is that abnormal motion of the articular surfaces occurs because of capsular laxity, ultimately leading to clinical symptoms. PURPOSE: To determine the relationship between capsular laxity and abnormal rotation and translation of the hip...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Matthew J Kraeutler, Eric C McCarty, John W Belk, Brian R Wolf, Carolyn M Hettrich, Shannon F Ortiz, Jonathan T Bravman, Keith M Baumgarten, Julie Y Bishop, Matthew J Bollier, Robert H Brophy, James L Carey, James E Carpenter, Charlie L Cox, Brian T Feeley, John A Grant, Grant L Jones, John E Kuhn, John D Kelly, C Benjamin Ma, Robert G Marx, Bruce S Miller, Brian J Sennett, Matthew V Smith, Rick W Wright, Alan L Zhang
BACKGROUND: Shoulder instability is a common diagnosis among patients undergoing shoulder surgery. PURPOSE: To perform a descriptive analysis of patients undergoing surgery for shoulder instability through a large multicenter consortium. STUDY DESIGN: Case series; Level of evidence, 4. METHODS: All patients undergoing surgery for shoulder instability who were enrolled in the MOON Shoulder Instability Study were included...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
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