Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2016) 15, 633 - 638

Research article
The Value of Visa-Score and Colour Flow Imaging in the Follow-Up of Non-Athletes Operated for Jumpers Knee
Eirik S. Salvesen1, Ketil J. Holen2,3, 
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1 Department of Surgery, SSHF Arendal Hospital, N-4838 Arendal, Norway
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University Hospital of Trondheim, N-7006 Trondheim, Norway
3 Institute of Neuroscience, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

Ketil J. Holen
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University Hospital of Trondheim, N-7006 Trondheim, Norway
Email: ketil.holen@gmail.com
Publish Date
Received: 27-04-2016
Accepted: 20-09-2016
Published (online): 01-12-2016
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ABSTRACT

The objective of this study was to assess if the Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment (VISA) questionnaire was suitable in the evaluation of patients from a mixed population with normal levels of sports activity, and if neovascularization of the patellar tendon demonstrated by color flow imaging (CFI) was more frequent in patients with lasting symptoms after surgical treatment for jumpers knee (JK). This study was conducted at St. Olavs Hospital, University Hospital of Trondheim, Norway, and included 21 men and 18 women who were operated for JK. Symptoms were assessed using the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and VISA questionnaires. Clinical and ultrasonographic examinations of the knees, including CFI, were done at a mean follow-up duration of 82 (range, 16–136) months after surgery. Patients with positive CFI also had significantly lower KOOS scores, whereas the total VISA-P (Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment - Patella) score showed no association. Patients with a positive clinical examination had significantly more frequent positive CFI findings than did patients with negative examinations. The operated patellar tendon was significantly thicker and had more frequent hypoechoic signal in the proximal part than the contralateral unoperated tendon. The post-operative VISA-P score seems less valuable in the evaluation of patients from a mixed population with normal levels of sports activity. CFI may be a valuable diagnostic tool in the evaluation of patients operated for JK.

Key words: Orthopedic surgery, patellar tendinopathy, Ultrasonography


           Key Points
  • Overall, 66% of the participating patients with jumpers knee (JK) were satisfied with the post-surgical results.
  • The VISA-P score seems less valuable in the evaluation of patients with JK with normal levels of sports activity.
  • CFI may be a valuable tool in the evaluation of patients operated for JK.
 
 
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