Comparison of kinematics in the healthy and ACL injured knee using MRI

Jennifer M. Scarvell, Paul N. Smith, Kathryn M. Refshauge, Howard Galloway, Kevin Woods

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was used to examine the characteristics of abnormal motion in the injured knee by mapping tibiofemoral contact. Eleven healthy subjects and 20 subjects with a unilateral ACL injury performed a leg-press against resistance. MRI scans of both knees at 15°intervals from 0°to 90°of flexion were used to record the tibiofemoral contact pattern. The tibiofemoral contact pattern of the injured knees was more posterior on the tibial plateau than the healthy knees, particularly in the lateral compartment. The tibiofemoral contact pattern of the loaded knees did not differ from the unloaded knees. The difference in the tibiofemoral contact pattern in the ACL injured knee was associated with more severe knee symptoms, irrespective of the passive anterior laxity of the knee.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Biomechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


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