Journal article

Worsening Knee Osteoarthritis Features on Magnetic Resonance Imaging 1 to 5 Years After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.

Brooke E Patterson, Adam G Culvenor, Christian J Barton, Ali Guermazi, Joshua J Stefanik, Hayden G Morris, Timothy S Whitehead, Kay M Crossley

Am J Sports Med | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a well-established risk factor for the long-term development of radiographic osteoarthritis (OA). However, little is known about the early degenerative changes (ie, 25 kg/m2) was consistently associated with elevated odds (between 2- and 5-fold) of worsening patellofemoral and tibiofemoral OA features. CONCLUSION: High rates of degenerative changes occur in the first 5 years after ACLR, particularly the development and progression of patellofemoral cartilage defects. Older patients with a higher BMI may be at particular risk and should be educated about this risk.