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A military perspective to articular cartilage defects.
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PMID:  21980875     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Articular cartilage injuries present a challenge in terms of definitive treatment in the United States military population. Active duty soldiers' physical demands are unlike the general population in that a military career requires soldiers to maintain a physical activity level similar to that of an athletic population. Current treatment options for the chondral defect include microfracture, osteochondral transplantation, and autologous chondrocyte implantation. These treatment modalities carry specific advantages and disadvantages and must be considered when evaluating and treating patients with chondral injuries. It is unclear which procedure is the best first-line treatment for these injuries, but newer studies are beginning to evaluate these procedures over time and in high demand populations. The purpose of this article is to review current treatment options as they relate to return to full activity of the young "combat athlete." Results of each treatment option from published data will be compared and reviewed throughout this article.
Kelly Fitzpatrick; John M Tokish
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of knee surgery     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1538-8506     ISO Abbreviation:  J Knee Surg     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101137599     Medline TA:  J Knee Surg     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedics, Tripler Army Medical Center, 1 Jarrett White Dr. Honolulu, HI 96859, USA.
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