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Effect of a patellar realignment brace on patellofemoral relationships: evaluation with kinematic MR imaging

Effect of a patellar realignment brace on patellofemoral relationships: evaluation with kinematic MR imaging

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4(4): 590-594

The effect of a newly developed patellar realignment brace was evaluated in 21 patellofemoral joints (19 patients) with patellar subluxation (13 joints with lateral subluxation and eight with medial subluxation) by using active-movement, loaded kinematic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Sixteen patellofemoral joints (76%) demonstrated a qualitative correction of or improvement in patellar subluxation (ie, centralization of the patella or a decrease in the displacement of the patella) after application of the brace. Four of the five "failures" occurred in patellofemoral joints that had patella alta and/or dysplastic bone anatomy. These results indicate that the patellar realignment brace was able to counteract patellar subluxation in the majority of patellofemoral joints studied, as shown by active-movement, loaded kinematic MR imaging. This brace appears to be useful for conservative treatment of patients with patellofemoral joint pain secondary to patellar malalignment and maltracking.

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Accession: 045869913

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PMID: 7949686

DOI: 10.1002/jmri.1880040413

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