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Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee with Microfracture and Rehabilitation

YEN, YI-MENG1; CASCIO, BRETT1; O'BRIEN, LUKE2; STALZER, STEVE2; MILLETT, PETER J.1; STEADMAN, J. RICHARD1

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: February 2008 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - pp 200-205
doi: 10.1249/mss.0b013e31815cb212
CLINICAL SCIENCES: Clinically Relevant

Microfracture is a single stage arthroscopic procedure that can be used in conjunction with other arthroscopic treatments for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. It has a well-documented and successful track record and when used with the appropriate rehabilitation techniques can be very effective for pain relief and functional improvement. It has proven clinical benefit and is our technique of choice for the initial surgical treatment of osteoarthritis.

1Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation, Vail, CO; and 2Howard Head Sports Medicine Center, Vail, CO

Address for correspondence: Peter J. Millett, MD, MSc, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, 181 West Meadow Drive, Vail, CO 81657; E-mail: drmillett@steadman-hawkins.com.

Submitted for publication December 2006.

Accepted for publication August 2007.

©2008The American College of Sports Medicine