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MH K, Sh M, S S. The results of intraosseous drilling and decompression in the treatment of chronic anterior knee pain. Tehran Univ Med J 2012; 69 (10) :639-644
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Background: Anterior knee pain is one of the most common complaints of patients in orthopedic clinics. The first step in the treatment of this problem is conservative treatment which includes administration of anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise and changes in life style. Many patients respond well to these measures in about six months, but a small number of patients may not respond to the conservative treatment therefore, surgical procedures such as Maquet osteotomy or lateral retinacular release may be needed in these cases. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of intraosseous drilling and decompression of patella in the treatment of chronic anterior knee pain.
Methods : This study was performed as a case series on ten patients with chronic anterior knee pain attending the Orthopedic Clinic of Imam Khomeini Hospital, in Tehran, Iran in 2009-2010. Eight of the patients were male and the rest were female. The patients met the inclusion criteria and were followed up for at least 12 months after the surgery.
Results : The mean age of the patients was 27.8±4.66 yr and their mean BMI was 22.5±1.71 kg/m2. The mean pain severity before the interventions was 8.2±0.78 based on VAS but it decreased to 2.5±1.26 post-surgically. An average reduction of 5.7 scores were noticed in pain severity depicting a significant reduction of pain (P<0.0001).
Conclusion: It may be concluded that intraosseous drilling and decompression of patella is a safe and effective method in the treatment of chronic anterior knee pain not responding to conservative treatment.

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