Higher Risk of Knee Arthroplasty During Ten-year Follow-up if Baseline Radiographic Osteoarthritis Involves the Patellofemoral Joint: A CHECK Cohort Study

BMC Musculoskelet. Disord.

In a sample of middle-aged individuals with complaints in one or both knees, the 10-year relative hazard for undergoing arthroplasty, compared to no ROA, was increased when OA involved the patellofemoral joint, regardless of whether it was isolated to the patellofemoral joint or occurred in combination with tibiofemoral OA. Further research is needed to confirm this association and to clarify the causal mechanism of this relationship. However, our results provide preliminary evidence that identifying patellofemoral ROA may be a clinically useful prognostic indicator in early knee OA.