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This paper is a 5-year followup to Kettunen 2007, a study that compared the effects of surgery (arthroscopy) plus exercise (an 8 week home program) with exercise alone (same program), to see if surgery added any benefit. At the end of the that study, both groups improved significantly … but surgery did no better! Five years later, the groups were still the same: surgery didn’t help at all, short term or long.
~ Paul Ingraham
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OBJECTIVE: To study the long-term outcome of arthroscopy in patients with chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), the authors conducted a randomised controlled trial. The authors also investigated factors predicting the outcome in patients with PFPS.
METHODS: Fifty-six patients with PFPS were randomised into two groups: an arthroscopy group (N=28), treated with knee arthroscopy and an 8-week home exercise programme, and a control group (N=28), treated with a similar 8-week home exercise programme only. The primary outcome was the Kujala score on pain and function at 5-year. Secondary outcomes were visual analogue scales (VASs) to assess activity-related symptoms.
RESULTS: According to the Kujala score, both groups showed a marked improvement during the 5-year follow-up: a mean improvement of 14.7 (95% CI 9.9 to 19.4) in the arthroscopy group and 13.5 (95% CI 8.1 to 18.8) in the controls. No differences between the groups in mean improvement in the Kujala score (group difference 1.2 (95% CI -8.4 to 6.1)) or in the VAS scores were found. None of the investigated factors predicted the long-term outcome, but in most of the cases the treatment result immediately after the exercise programme remained similar also after the 5-year follow-up.
CONCLUSION: Our RCT, being the first of its kind, indicates that the 5-year outcome in most of the patients with chronic PFPS treated with knee arthroscopy and home exercise programme or with the home exercise programme only is equally good in both groups. Some of the patients in both groups do have long-term symptoms.
- “Knee arthroscopy and exercise versus exercise only for chronic patellofemoral pain syndrome: a randomized controlled trial,” an article in BMC Med, 2007.
- “[Patellofemoral pain: physiotherapy and surgery],” an article in Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde, 2010.
- “A review of the management of patellofemoral pain syndrome,” an article in The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 2013.
- “The operative management of patella malalignment,” an article in Open Orthop J, 2012.
One article on PainScience.com cites Kettunen 2012 as a source:
- PS Save Yourself from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome! — Patellofemoral pain syndrome (aka runner’s knee) explained and discussed in great detail, including every imaginable self-treatment option and all the available scientific evidence
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