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This is the first study to look at the anatomy of the medial portion of the quadriceps (the vastus medias obliquus or VMO) in people with unstable (dislocated) kneecaps. We might expect to see smaller and/or different VMO muscles in people with unstable patellae. Eighty examples were examined with MRI: thirty knees with recent dislocations, thirty with a history of dislocations, and twenty healthy ones. They looked at cross-sectional area, muscle fibre angle, and muscle length. There were no significance differences found between these groups. “This finding is notable in that atrophy of the VMO has often been suggested to play an important role in the pathophysiology of an unstable patellofemoral joint.”
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The morphology of the vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) muscle in the anatomical setting of an unstable patella has not been described. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the morphological parameters of the VMO muscle that delineate its importance in the maintenance of patellofemoral joint stability. Eighty-two consecutive subjects were prospectively enrolled in this study. The groups were composed of thirty patients with an acute primary patellar dislocation, thirty patients with recurrent patellar dislocation, and twenty-two controls. Groups were adjusted according to sex, age, body mass index, and physical activity. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to measure the VMO cross-sectional area, muscle-fiber angulation, and the craniocaudal extent of the muscle in relation to the patella. No significant difference was found with respect to all measured VMO parameters between primary dislocation, recurrent dislocation, and control subjects with a trend noted for only the VMO cross-sectional area and the VMO muscle-fiber angulation. This finding is notable in that atrophy of the VMO has often been suggested to play an important role in the pathophysiology of an unstable patellofemoral joint.
- “Vastus Medialis Obliquus Atrophy: Does It Exist in Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome?,” Els Pattyn, Peter Verdonk, Adelheid Steyaert, Luc Vanden Bossche, Wouter Van den Broecke, Youri Thijs, and Erik Witvrouw, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2011.
- “Structural parameters of the vastus medialis muscle and its relationship to patellofemoral joint deterioration,” J Peeler and J E Anderson, Clinical Anatomy, 2007.
These two articles on PainScience.com cite Balcarek 2014 as a source:
- 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
- Patellofemoral Pain & the Vastus Medialis Myth — Can just one quarter of the quadriceps be the key to anterior knee pain?
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