Combined use of cartilage thickness and knee alignment better predicts proximal tibial subchondral bone mass than knee alignment alone: preliminary findings

Bryant Roberts, Sophie Rapagna, Bogdan Solomon, Karen Reynolds, Dominic Thewlis, Egon Perilli

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Abstract

Subchondral bone is an important shock absorber of the joint, together with the overlying cartilage. Semi-quantitative assessments suggest that bone and cartilage morphology are likely to be associated [1]; however, their actual relationships are unclear. Using micro-CT, we revealed significant associations between proximal tibial medial-to-lateral (M:L) subchondral bone volume fraction (BV/TV) ratios and knee alignment [2], a surrogate of joint loading. It can be expected also the cartilage thickness (Cg.Th) to reflect this relationship and, possibly, to improve the prediction of M:L bone mass distribution, over just knee alignment alone.
The aims of this study, in end-stage knee OA, were to (1) explore associations between proximal tibial M:L BV/TV ratio, M:L Cg.Th ratio and knee alignment; (2) determine whether the Cg.Th explained additional M:L variation in the underlying subchondral bone mass, beyond the variation explained by knee alignment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB 2018) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 Jul 201812 Jul 2018
Conference number: 8th
http://wcb2018.com/ (Conference website)

Conference

Conference8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB 2018)
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period8/07/1812/07/18
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Keywords

  • Knee alignment
  • Cartilage
  • Bone mass
  • Subchondral bone
  • Knee joint
  • Tibial plateaus

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