Loss of patellofemoral cartilage 5 years after ACL injury

...are there differences depending on treatment strategy?

This study found patellofemoral cartilage thickness loss in young adults following acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture.

A greater loss was seen in subjects randomised to early ACL reconstruction (ACLR) and rehabilitation than in those receiving optional delayed ACLR and rehabilitation.

This difference was present at both two and five years after injury. The greatest decrease occurred in the trochlea during the first two years.


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