Vasti Control of Patellofemoral Kinematics in Asymptomatic Volunteer

2014-07-24 14:11:31 | BioPortfolio



- Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common knee problems. It is characterized by pain in the front of the knee that is aggravated by deep knee flexion, prolonged sitting, and repetitive movement. The most widely accepted theory regarding the source of this pain is that a force imbalance around the knee puts extra stress on the area, leading to pain.

- Researchers are interested in learning more about the muscle groups around the knee to better understand the causes of knee pain.


- To obtain more information on how muscles, tendons, and bones work together to cause motion in the knee, both in the normal state and after immobilizing certain muscles around the knee.


- Healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 55, who have no current or chronic muscle, bone, or joint problems and who have no implants or other problems that would prevent them from receiving a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.


- This protocol will be carried out over two visits, both of which will involve using standard MRI sequences to look at the knee at rest and in motion.

- The first part will examine the knee under its natural state, with a standard MRI scan of the knee both at rest and in motion.

- The second part will involve temporarily reducing the force producing capabilities of one of the extensor muscles in the knee. To do so, study doctors will inject lidocaine into the muscle, which will temporarily (for approximately 2 hours) block the force producing capacity of this muscle, and then perform the MRI scan....


Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one of the most common problems of the knee. It is characterized by anterior knee pain that is aggravated by deep knee flexion, prolonged sitting, and repetitive flexion/extension. The most widely accepted theory in regards to the source of this pain is that a force imbalance around the knee leads to static patellofemoral malalignment and dynamic patellofemoral maltracking. In turn, this malalignment and maltracking lead to elevated joint contact stresses, which ultimately leads to patellofemoral pain. Current understanding of patellofemroal maltracking is typically focused on static 2D alignment (lateral tilt and displacement). Yet, patellofemoreal pain is most often exacerbated during dynamic events and the patella has complete six degrees of freedom in its movement. More recent studies have been able to quantify patellofemoral kinematics during volitional dynamic tasks and demonstrate that the maltracking problem is more complex than originally postulated. Specifically, in patients with patellofemoral pain, altered kinematics are not limited to excessive patellar lateral translation and tilt, but include excessive patellar superior translation along with excessive flexion and varus rotation. Although these results are useful in demonstrating how specific maltracking patterns could lead to patellofemoral pain, they do not present any associations between a potentially altered force balance around the knee and the observed maltracking patterns. Therefore, the overall goal of this work is to determine the specific sources of maltracking patterns in patellofemoral pain. As part of this overall goal, the purpose of this study is to determine how the loss of force in the vasti medialis muscle alters the dynamic control of patellar kinematics.

Study Design

Time Perspective: Prospective


Vasti Medialis


National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
United States




National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:11:31-0400

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