Inter-rater Reliability of Sports Medicine Physicians to Assess Healthy Individuals’ Patellar Tendon with Conventional Ultrasound and Shear-wave Elastography

SUMMARY To evaluate the reproducibility of shear-wave elastography, thickness, power doppler, and hypoechoic region assessments taken from the different parts of the patellar tendon among sports medicine clinicians. Twenty-one healthy, physically active individuals with dominant legs were included in the study. Shear-wave elastography, thickness, power doppler, and hypoechoic area assessment were evaluated from the proximal, middle, and distal part … Continued

Return to Sport After Patellar Tendon Rupture: a Systematic Review

SUMMARY Background. Patellar tendon rupture is a rare and disabling injury that may occur during sport practice and is considered as the 4th stage of the Blazina’s classification of jumper’s knee. Return to sport after patellar tendon rupture has not been clearly assessed. Methods. Medical databases were screened, and article research extended from 1980 to … Continued

Comparison between platelet-rich plasma injections and hyaluronic acid injections in the treatment of patellar tendinopathies: a randomized trial

Background. As patellar tendinopathies are frequently chronic there has been plenty of research carried out to develop effective treatments, among which platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid (HA). Hypothesis. Therefore we aimed to compare the effect after three months following injections of PRP compared with HA injections on patients with a proximal patellar tendinopathy. Methods. … Continued

Efficacy of ultrasound-guided hyaluronic acid injections in achilles and patellar tendinopathies: a prospective multicentric clinical trial

Background. Achilles and patellar tendinopathies are common causes of chronic pain and functional impairment. Conservative management can be effective, but it is time-consuming and it requires intensive patient compliance. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a key component of the extracellular matrix and its anti-inflammatory, lubricant and analgesic properties are well documented in osteoarthritis. Growing pre-clinical studies … Continued