Sports medicine

Patella instability: diagnosis and management

DAVID ZBROJKIEWICZ, CHRISTOPHER VERTULLO

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Abstract

Patella instability is an important diagnosis in young active individuals with a history of acute knee injury. In high-risk individuals, instability can become chronic and, if left untreated, increase risk of secondary cartilage defects and early onset osteoarthritis.