Accelerated Rehabilitation Program Following Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction Does Not Increase Risk of Recurrent Instability

      Patellofemoral instability with recurrent patellar dislocations is a debilitating condition that frequently affects a young, active patient population. Isolated medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction has emerged as an effective treatment (risk of recurrent less than 2%) of recurrent patellar dislocations that occur in the absence significant patellofemoral malalignment or osseous abnormalities. Rehabilitation following MPFL reconstruction often includes bracing, extensive limited weight bearing and slow advancement in range of motion. We hypothesize that an accelerated rehabilitation program following MPFL reconstruction will yield low rates of recurrent dislocation and subsequent treatment failure.
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