Knee Arthrofibrosis

Prevention and Management of a Potentially Devastating Condition

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Colin L. Eakin, MD

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Physician and Sportsmedicine:

Volume 29 No. 3

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Clinical Features

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DOI: 10.3810/psm.2001.03.668
Abstract: Knee arthrofibrosis, which usually occurs after trauma or surgery, can inhibit joint biomechanics. An elaborate interaction of growth factors and other inflammatory mediators initiates and coordinates this deleterious tissue proliferation. Knowledge of risk factors can aid clinicians in helping patients avoid knee arthrofibrosis. Once the condition is present, a history and examination are imperative to institute the most appropriate treatment regimen. Nonoperative measures can be used as therapy, though surgery is often necessary for optimal results.

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