Lateral retinacular release was performed in a series of patients with intractable lateral retinacular pain characterized by tenderness localized in some portion of the lateral retinaculum. Patients with other patellofemoral problems were excluded. Of 14 knees, 79% responded favorably. Lateral retinacular release may be best indicated in patients with less severe malalignment of the patella and intractable pain in the lateral retinaculum.
Sports Injury and Knee Clinic, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut.
* Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
** Assistant Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) and Director, Sports Injury and Knee Clinic, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.