Focal cartilage defects in the knee impair quality of life as much as severe osteoarthritis: a comparison of knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome score in 4 patient categories scheduled for knee surgery.

@article{Heir2010FocalCD,
  title={Focal cartilage defects in the knee impair quality of life as much as severe osteoarthritis: a comparison of knee injury and osteoarthritis outcome score in 4 patient categories scheduled for knee surgery.},
  author={Stig Heir and Tor Kjetil Nerhus and Jan Harald R{\o}tterud and Sverre Bertrand L{\o}ken and Arne Ekeland and Lars Engebretsen and Asbj{\o}rn {\AA}r{\o}en},
  journal={The American journal of sports medicine},
  year={2010},
  volume={38 2},
  pages={
          231-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Patients with focal cartilage defects in the knee may suffer from both pain and functional impairment. Treatment options are often insufficient. It is not known, however, to what extent their complaints affect quality of life, compared with other knee disorders. Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) is a validated global knee score suitable for comparison of patients with knee complaints attributable to different causes. Hypothesis Complaints because of localized… CONTINUE READING
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