Knee Disorders

Feb 1, 2012 Issue
Reassessing the Role of MRI in the Evaluation of Knee Pain [Editorials]

When used for the appropriate indications, MRI is a valuable tool in the evaluation and management of knee pain. However, it may provide clinically irrelevant information by identifying pathology that is not related to a patient's symptoms, which may ultimately lead to unnecessary surgery. Primary c...

Feb 1, 2012 Issue
Evaluating Acutely Injured Patients for Internal Derangement of the Knee [Article]

Although historical findings have some value in diagnosing internal derangement of the knee, a thorough physical examination can often rule out fracture and ligamentous and meniscal injuries. The Ottawa Knee Rule can help physicians determine which patients require radiography. Positive physical exa...

Sep 1, 2011 Issue
Exercise for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Regular exercise reduces osteoarthritic knee pain and improves functioning.

Jun 1, 2011 Issue
Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis [Article]

Knee osteoarthritis is a common disabling condition that affects more than one-third of persons older than 65 years. Exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, intra-articular corticosteroid injections, and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and braces or heel wedges decrease pain and imp...

May 15, 2011 Issue
Clinical Significance of Meniscal Damage on Knee MRI [AFP Journal Club]

Can you make the assumption that, in a patient with knee pain, meniscal damage found on MRI is responsible for his or her symptoms? Meniscal findings on knee MRI do not correlate well with pain.

Jan 15, 2011 Issue
Reducing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Neuromuscular training programs that include plyometric and strengthening exercises significantly reduce noncontact ACL injuries in female soccer and handball players older than 14 years.

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention [Article]

There are an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs in the United States each year. Most ACL tears occur from noncontact injuries. Women experience ACL tears up to nine times more often than men. Evaluation of the ACL should be performed immediately after an injury if p...

Jan 15, 2007 Issue
Management of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome [Article]

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common cause of knee pain in the outpatient setting. It is caused by imbalances in the forces controlling patellar tracking during knee flexion and extension, particularly with overloading of the joint. Risk factors include overuse, trauma, muscle dysf...

Oct 15, 2006 Issue
Bilateral Knee Pain [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Apr 15, 2005 Issue
Iliotibial Band Syndrome: A Common Source of Knee Pain [Article]

Iliotibial band syndrome is a common knee injury. The most common symptom is lateral knee pain caused by inflammation of the distal portion of the iliotibial band. The iliotibial band is a thick band of fascia that crosses the hip joint and extends distally to insert on the patella, tibia, and bicep...

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