Knee-Rating Scales for Clinical Outcome

The evaluation of orthopedic surgical treatments dates back to the beginning of the specialty. Traditionally, measures of success after surgery were based on physical examination and radiographic parameters. Since the 1980s, outcome assessment after orthopedic surgery has focused increasingly on the patient’s perspective. While this evolution toward the incorporation of patient-based measures is appropriate, traditional measures of outcome, including physical examination, imaging studies, and measures of knee laxity, are complimentary and should not be viewed as unnecessary.

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