Patellofemoral injuries and conditions like “runner’s knee” and dislocations can affect anyone and cause debilitating pain or instability of the kneecap (patella) without proper treatment.
The physicians at the Patellofemoral Center at HSS specialize in the management of kneecap pain and deterioration, as well as the surgical interventions that can help you heal and regain mobility. Using the latest technology and increasingly less invasive methods, our specialists offer their many years of experience diagnosing and treating patients to provide optimal care for your specific needs.
Our physicians are devoted to performing, researching, and teaching the latest techniques and treatments for patellofemoral conditions. Their experience within the specialty and on complex cases is unmatched. Meet our team and learn about their expertise.
The knee is a complex structure and pain in the kneecap can make everyday activities like walking, kneeling, going up and down stairs, and standing up feel impossible. Explore the various indications for kneecap surgery, minimally invasive alternatives, and more.
More than four million Americans are affected by pain and loss of functionality due to various kneecap injuries and conditions. Most are women. See how facts and research have informed our treatments, care, and rehabilitation methods.
Learn about the various conditions and treatments that affect the patellofemoral joint.
Patellofemoral disorders, also known as kneecap disorders, refer to pain and instability issues arising from a variety of sources in the patellofemoral joint. Some common examples include anterior knee pain, osteoarthritis and recurrent dislocations or subluxations. These disorders are multifactorial in etiology and can greatly inhibit patients from maintaining their active lifestyles. Furthermore, these conditions affect patients of a wide range of ages and activity, although this population is predominantly female. Patients, physicians and physical therapists find the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions extremely challenging. Currently, patients with anterior knee pain, instability and arthritis have great difficulty understanding their problem and finding the correct clinician to treat their pathology. Many orthopaedic caregivers see these conditions frequently in their offices, though treatment is extremely variable.
Our group addresses the current lack of formalized research into patellofemoral disorders, treatments and outcomes. Our Patellofemoral Center focuses on clinical outcome studies in order to evaluate current surgical techniques as well as develop new ones and improve patient outcomes. The Center has taken a comprehensive approach to investigating patient outcomes in a variety of patellofemoral disorders and treatment procedures. By utilizing a combination of prospective, retrospective, and biomechanical projects our group assesses the efficacy of current procedures and improves upon them to develop even better treatment options. The Patellofemoral Center is also focused on conducting collaborative research efforts with other institutions in the form of multi-center studies in order to maximize the quality and power of the patellofemoral patient data available. The comprehensive research efforts of the Patellofemoral Center play a critical role in improving the quality of life of the many patients suffering from knee pain and instability.
The specific areas of investigation include:
Support for our center helps us carry out our research program. Specific areas that can be supported include:
Outcomes After Isolated Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction for the Treatment of Recurrent Lateral Patellar Dislocations: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Daniel K. Schneider, Brian Grawe, Robert A. Magnussen, Adrick Ceasar, Shital N. Parikh, Eric J. Wall, Angelo J. Colosimo, Christopher C. Kaeding and Gregory D. Myer. Am J Sports Med published online February 12, 2016.
Widespread Implementation of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction for Recurrent Patellar Instability Maintains Functional Outcomes at Midterm to Long-Term Follow-up While Decreasing Complication Rates: A Systematic Review. Kristen L. Stupay, BA, Eric Swart, MD, and Beth E. Shubin Stein, MD. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 31, No 7 (July), 2015: pp 1372-1380
Epidemiology of Patellofemoral Instability Injuries Among High School Athletes in the United States. Joshua Mitchell, Robert A. Magnussen, Christy L. Collins, Dustin W. Currie, Thomas M. Best, R. Dawn Comstock and David C. Flanigan. Am J Sports Med (2015) 43: 1676.
Patellofemoral arthroplasty: outcomes and factors associated with early progression of tibiofemoral arthritis. D.L. Dahm, M.M. Kalisvaart, M.J. Stuart, S.W. Slettedahl. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2014) 22:2554–2559.
Predictors of Recurrent Instability After Acute Patellofemoral Dislocation in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients. Laura W. Lewallen, Amy L. McIntosh and Diane L. Dahm. Am J Sports Med (2013) 41: 575
The Clinical Outcome of Patellofemoral Arthroplasty. Jess H. Lonner, MD, Michael R. Bloomfield, MD. Orthop Clin N Am 44 (2013) 271–280.
Patellofemoral Instability in Athletes: Treatment via Modified Fulkerson Osteotomy and Lateral Release. Fotios Paul Tjoumakaris, Brian Forsythe and James P. Bradley. Am J Sports Med (2010) 38: 992.
Correlation of Patellar Articular Lesions with Results from Anteromedial Tibial Tubercle Transfer. Arthur J. Pidoriano, MD, Richard N. Weinstein, MD, David A. Buuck, MD, and John P. Fulkerson, MD. Am J Sports Med (1997) 25: 4.
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