AJSM 2010

The popliteus tendon has important dynamic and static stabilizing functions at the knee. Evaluation of its static role as the ‘‘fifth ligament’’ of the knee and a subsequent analysis of a popliteus tendon reconstruction has not been performed.

The popliteus tendon has important primary stabilization roles at the knee. The authors also found that an anatomic popliteus tendon reconstruction significantly reduced the increase in external rotation that occurred with sectioning the popliteus tendon; however, differences seen with respect to internal rotation, varus angulation, and anterior translation were not restored.

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