Annie Horng1, Jos Raya1, Monika Zscharn1, Ulrike Hoehne-Hckstdt2, Ingo Hermanns2, Ulrich Glitsch2, Rolf Ellegast2, Maximilian F. Reiser1, Christian Glaser1
1Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospitals LMU Munich - Campus Grosshadern, Munich, Bavaria, Germany; 2Fachbereich 4, BGIA Institut fr Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung, Sankt Augustin, Germany
Repetitive static positions involving the knee joint might induce overuse and clinical symptoms related to osteoarthritis. This study evaluated extent and distribution of focal cartilage deformation of the knee after performing different frequently used positions in craftsman professions. Results indicate that HR-3D-MR-volumetry enables comprehension of significant change of cartilage deformation within the different cartilage plates. Also data provide references for contact zones and focal loading in various activities as well as information about reversibility of stress induced changes. Consideration of these findings may facilitate development of future preventive measures for labor protection, cartilage therapy as well as cartilage graft engineering.