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Ingrid Eitzen, Hege Grindem, Agnethe Nilstad, Håvard Moksnes, May Arna Risberg
BACKGROUND: Reduced quadriceps strength influences knee function and increases the risk of knee osteoarthritis. Thus, it is of significant clinical relevance to precisely quantify strength deficits in patients with knee injuries. PURPOSE: To evaluate isokinetic concentric quadriceps muscle strength torque values, assessed both from peak torque and at specific knee flexion joint angles, in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, focal cartilage lesions, and degenerative meniscus tears...
October 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Brett D Steineman, Samuel G Moulton, Tammy L Haut Donahue, Cristián A Fontboté, Christopher M LaPrade, Tyler R Cram, Chase S Dean, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: The anterolateral meniscal root (ALMR) has been reported to intricately insert underneath the tibial insertion of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Previous studies have begun to evaluate the relationship between the insertion areas and the risk of iatrogenic injuries; however, the overlap of the insertions has yet to be quantified in the sagittal and coronal planes. PURPOSE: To investigate the insertions of the human tibial ACL and ALMR using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and to quantify the overlap of the ALMR insertion in the coronal and sagittal planes...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Ozkan Kose, Selahattin Ozyurek, Adil Turan, Ferhat Guler
Reverse Segond fracture is originally described as an indirect radiographic clue for a specific injury complex of the knee joint that includes posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) rupture and medial meniscal tear. Herein, we describe a case with reverse Segond fracture associated with PCL avulsion fracture instead of PCL rupture. According to current literature review, reverse Segond fracture is not only associated with PCL and medial meniscal injuries, but also frequently associated with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries...
October 7, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Jelle P van der List, Gregory S DiFelice
Over the last century, many surgical treatments have been developed in the orthopedic field, including treatments of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. These treatments ideally evolve in a process of trial and error with prospective comparison of new treatments to the current treatment standard. However, these evolutions are sometimes not linear and periodically undergo paradigm shifts. In this article, we review the evolution of ACL treatment and explain how it underwent a paradigm shift. Open primary ACL repair was the most common treatment in the 1970s and 1980s, but because multiple studies noted deterioration of outcomes at mid-term follow-up, in addition to several randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that noted better outcomes following ACL reconstruction, the open primary repair technique was abandoned...
October 6, 2016: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
G Mirouse, R Rousseau, L Casabianca, M A Ettori, B Granger, H Pascal-Moussellard, F Khiami
INTRODUCTION: The surgical revision rate following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery is 3% at 2 years and 4% at 5 years. Revision ACL surgery raises the question of the type of graft to be used. The present study assessed return to sports and functional results after revision ACL reconstruction by fascia lata graft. The hypothesis was that fascia lata provides a reliable graft in revision ACL surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A single-center retrospective continuous study included 30 sports players with a mean age of 26...
October 6, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
N Lefevre, S Klouche, O de Pamphilis, S Herman, A Gerometta, Y Bohu
INTRODUCTION: Femoral nerve block (FNB) is considered as a major advance in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction as it reduces the need for parenteral opioids. However, the incidence of transient or even permanent neurological deficits due to the FNB is estimated at 1.94% after knee surgery. The primary objective of this study was to compare local infiltration analgesia (LIA) to FNB during ACL reconstruction procedures. The study hypothesis was that LIA was not less effective than FNB on early postoperative pain...
October 3, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Christian Konrads, Stephan Reppenhagen, Daniel Belder, Sascha Goebel, Maximilian Rudert, Thomas Barthel
PURPOSE: To analyse subjective and objective long-term outcomes of patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-deficient knees and limited demands regarding sportive activities. This subgroup of patients might be well-treated without ligament reconstruction. METHODS: We included 303 patients with unilateral tears of the ACL and conservative treatment into a prospective study. Mean age at injury was 33.8 (min. 18, max. 66) years. Follow-up was 27.1 (min. 21.3, max...
October 3, 2016: International Orthopaedics
N Jan, B Sonnery-Cottet, J-M Fayard, C Kajetanek, M Thaunat
INTRODUCTION: All-inside posteromedial suture for lesions of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair provides effective freshening and good healing. HYPOTHESIS: The posteromedial portal provides satisfactory healing rates without increasing morbidity or complications rates. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Intra- and postoperative complications were collected for a consecutive single-center series of 132 patients undergoing posteromedial hook suture of the medial meniscus in ACL repair...
September 26, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Alexandre Rambaud, Pierre Samozino, Pascal Edouard
OBJECTIVE: After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, the ACL reconstruction (ACLR) is the standard treatment to return to pivots/contacts sports. The goal of rehabilitation programs is to guide the functional recovery and the safe return to sport without additional knee injury or other injuries. Functional tests, like Hop tests and their side to-side difference index [limb symmetry index (LSI)], are commonly used following ACLR to help return to sport decision making. However, the most commonly used criterion to return to sport is the postoperative time: return to light activities (RtlA) at 3 or 4 month mark and return to sport with contacts and side-cuttings (RtS) between 6 and 9 month mark...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Berardo Di Matteo, Markus Loibl, Luca Andriolo, Giuseppe Filardo, Johannes Zellner, Matthias Koch, Peter Angele
AIM: To systematically review the currently available literature concerning the application of biologic agents such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells to promote anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) healing. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was performed on the use of biologic agents (i.e., PRP or stem cells) to favor ACL healing during reconstruction or repair. The following inclusion criteria for relevant articles were used: Clinical reports of any level of evidence, written in English language, on the use of PRP or stem cells during ACL reconstruction/repair...
September 18, 2016: World Journal of Orthopedics
Dyan V Flores, Edward Smitaman, Brady K Huang, Donald L Resnick
OBJECTIVE: To re-evaluate the Segond fragment emphasizing those structures that attach to the fragment in patients with reported acute/subacute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, and to clarify the nomenclature used to describe these structures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search of databases of knee MR examinations over 4.5 years with reported ACL tears yielded 19,726 studies. Using strict exclusion criteria, a total of 146 MR studies with acute/subacute ACL tears were re-assessed with respect to the Segond fragment's size, shape, orientation, location, displacement, attaching soft tissue structures, and associated osseous and/or soft tissue injuries...
September 24, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Shun-Li Kan, Zhi-Fang Yuan, Guang-Zhi Ning, Bo Yang, Hai-Liang Li, Jing-Cheng Sun, Shi-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is considered as the standard surgical procedure for the treatment of ACL tear. However, there is a crucial controversy in terms of whether to use autograft or allograft in ACL reconstruction. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to compare autograft with allograft for patients undergoing ACL reconstruction. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were searched for randomized controlled trials that compared autograft with allograft in ACL reconstruction up to January 31, 2016...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Christopher V Nagelli, James L Cook, Kei Kuroki, Chantelle Bozynski, Richard Ma, Timothy E Hewett
Complications following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction that include chronic dysfunction, second ACL injury, and posttraumatic osteoarthritis (OA) may be interrelated and stem from the inability to fully restore native ACL integrity and function. The loss of ACL sensory input following injury may significantly contribute to joint dysfunction. We developed a novel preclinical animal model to assess the contributions of ACL sensory afferents to knee joint function and health. We hypothesized that ACL sensory denervation would manifest in knee joint dysfunction and development of early OA...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Robert W Westermann, Thomas Sean Lynch, Kurt P Spindler
Since 2015, the Multicenter Orthopedic Outcomes Network (MOON) has addressed several factors associated with patient outcome after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. These factors include predictors of high grade knee laxity, the impact of meniscus treatment on joint space narrowing after surgery, graft selection, treating diabetic patients, predictors of clinically significant pain, and outcomes of patients where meniscus tears were left in situ without treatment. The presence of meniscus tears and generalized laxity predict a lax examination under anesthesia prior to surgery...
October 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Peter D Fabricant, Mininder S Kocher
Dramatic increases in youth competitive athletic activity, early sport specialization, and year-round training and competition, along with increased awareness of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in children, have led to a commensurate increase in the frequency of ACL tears in the skeletally immature. Recent understanding of the risks of nonoperative treatment and surgical delay have supported a trend toward early operative treatment. This article discusses treatment strategies for ACL injuries in children and adolescents, and offers our preferred treatment strategy for skeletally immature youth athletes with ACL tears...
October 2016: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
L Felli, G Garlaschi, A Muda, A Tagliafico, M Formica, A Zanirato, M Alessio-Mazzola
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of clinical examination to that of MRI evaluated by two independent radiologists for the diagnosis of meniscal tears and chronic anterior cruciate ligament injuries and to assess the MRI accuracy in the diagnosis of cartilage defects. METHODS: Seventy-six consecutive patients with suspected intra-articular knee pathology were prospectively evaluated by objective examination, 1.5 T MRI, re-examined by trained radiologist and arthroscopy...
September 14, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
Carina L Blaker, Christopher B Little, Elizabeth C Clarke
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are a common knee injury with a known but poorly understood association with secondary joint injuries and post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA). Female sex and age are known risk factors for ACL injury but these variables are rarely explored in mouse models of injury. This study aimed to further characterise a non-surgical ACL injury model to determine its clinical relevance across a wider range of mouse specifications. Cadaveric and anaesthetised C57BL/6 mice (9-52 weeks of age) underwent joint loading to investigate the effects of age, sex and body mass on ACL injury mechanisms...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Bruce A Stewart, Amit M Momaya, Marc D Silverstein, David Lintner
BACKGROUND: Competitive athletes value the ability to return to competitive play after the treatment of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. ACL reconstruction has high success rates for return to play, but some studies indicate that patients may do well with nonoperative physical therapy treatment. PURPOSE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the treatment of acute ACL tears with either initial surgical reconstruction or physical therapy in competitive athletes...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Andrew Pennock, Michael M Murphy, Mark Wu
The management of pediatric patients with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can be a challenging endeavor for physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, and parents alike. In particular, the significant longitudinal growth that arises from the physes about the knee creates a unique set of circumstances that must be considered in this patient population. The purpose of this review is to provide a summary of the most recent current literature for the management of skeletally immature patients with an ACL tear...
September 1, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Xiaoliang Mei, Zhenxiang Zhang, Jingwen Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical results of a randomized controlled trial of single-layer versus double-layer bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. METHODS: Fifty-eight subjects who underwent primary ACL reconstruction with a BPTB allograft were prospectively randomized into two groups: single-layer reconstruction (n = 31) and double-layer reconstruction (n = 27). The following evaluation methods were used: clinical examination, KT-1000 arthrometer measurement, muscle strength, Tegner activity score, Lysholm score, subjective rating scale regarding patient satisfaction and sports performance level, graft retear, contralateral ACL tear, and additional meniscus surgery...
August 27, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
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