Is cartilage thickness different in young subjects with and without patellofemoral pain?

C.E. Draper, T.F. Besier, G.E. Gold , M. Fredericson, A. Fiene, G.S. Beaupre and S.L. Delp

The objective of this study was to determine the differences in load-bearing patellofemoral joint cartilage thickness between genders. To determine the differences in load-bearing cartilage thickness between pain-free controls and individuals with patellofemoral pain.  The authors conclude that thin cartilage at the patella may be one mechanism of patellofemoral pain in male subjects, but is unlikely to be a dominant factor in the development of pain in the female population.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2006, Pages 931-937

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