A Novel Association between Femoroacetabular Impingement and Anterior Knee Pain

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A Novel Association between Femoroacetabular Impingement and Anterior Knee Pain
Key Take-Away: 

In adolescents and young adults, one of the most common reasons for consultation is related to the knee conditions, especially anterior knee pain (AKP) i.e. the pain perceived in the anterior part of the knee following exclusion of other objective causes of pain. In this study, strong basis is provided for the relationship between Cam femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and AKP. 

For a long time, it has been accepted that the main problem in the anterior knee pain (AKP) patient is in the patella.

ABSTRACT: 
Background: 

For a long time, it has been accepted that the main problem in the anterior knee pain (AKP) patient is in the patella.

Currently, literature supports the link between abnormal hip function and AKP. Our objective is to investigate if Cam femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) resolution is related to the outcome in pain and disability in patients with chronic AKP recalcitrant to conservative treatment associated with Cam FAI. 

Methods: 

A retrospective study on 7 patients with chronic AKP associated with FAI type Cam was performed. Knee and hip pain

were measured with the visual analogue scale (VAS), knee disability with the Kujala scale, and hip disability with the Nonarthritic Hip Score (NAHS). 

Results: 

The VAS knee pain score and VAS hip pain score had a significant improvement postoperatively.

At final follow-up, there was significant improvement in all functional scores (Kujala score and NAHS). 

Conclusion: 

Our finding supports the link between Cam FAI and AKP in some young patients.

Assessment of Cam FAI should be considered as a part of the physical examination of patients with AKP, mainly in cases with pain recalcitrant to conservative treatment.

Pain Res Treat. 2015; 2015: 937431

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