Post-operative Rehabilitation for Select Patellar-stabilizing Procedures

Jill Monson, Elizabeth Niemuth

Volume 3 | Issue 1 | Jan – Apr 2018 | Page 36-41

Author: Jill Monson [1], Elizabeth Niemuth [2]

[1] Department of Physical Therapy, TRIA Woodbury, 155 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125, USA,
[2] Department of Physical Therapy, Institute for Athletic Medicine, M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Elizabeth Niemuth,
Institute for Athletic Medicine, M Health Clinics and Surgery Center, 909 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.


The rehabilitation process after surgical intervention for patellar instability warrants special consideration of the anatomy, biomechanics, and surgical procedure to facilitate the best outcomes for the patient. There is a paucity of evidence-based literature regarding post-operative rehabilitation protocols for the patellofemoral (PF) compartment. Recommendations for early rehabilitation (0–6 weeks) after lateral retinacular lengthening, medial PF ligament reconstruction, tibial tubercle osteotomy, and trochleoplastyare reviewed in this article. For each procedure, the following common post-operative rehabilitation focus points are reviewed: Weight-bearing status and brace use, joint range of motion, and strengthening.
Keywords: Patellofemoral, Rehabilitation, Patellar instability.


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How to Cite this article:. Monson J, Niemuth E. Post-operative Rehabilitation for Select Patellar-stabilizing Procedures. Asian Journal of Arthroscopy Jan – April 2018;3(1):36-41.

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The Role of Imaging in the Evaluation of Patellar Instability

Benjamin F Sandberg, Marc A Tompkins

Volume 3 | Issue 1 | Jan – Apr 2018 | Page 10-16

Author: Benjamin F Sandberg [1], Marc A Tompkins [1,2]

[1] Department of, TRIAOrthopaedic Center, 8100 Northland Drive, Bloomington, MN 55431,
[2] Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Suite R200, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Bradley J Nelson,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Suite R200,Minneapolis, MN 55454.
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Patellar instability is a complex problem that requires a thorough evaluation and work up. A critical part of this work up is appropriate imaging. This article reviews key imaging techniques and important imaging findings in patellar instability patients. This includes the evaluation of patella alta, trochlear dysplasia, lateral patellar tilt, extensor mechanism alignment, valgus alignment, rotational alignment, and soft tissue injury. Effective management for patellar instability relies on a comprehensive approach where any of these elements are evaluated when necessary.
Keywords: Patellofemoral Instability, Patellar Instability, Patellar Dislocation, Imaging.


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How to Cite this article:. Sandberg BF, Tompkins MA. The Role of Imaging in the Evaluation of Patellar Instability. Asian Journal Arthroscopy. Jan-April 2018;3(1):10-16.

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