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Published 12/1/2011
S. Terry Canale, MD

Orthopaedic Reading

2011’s best and most-read articles

AAOS Now has always been interested in presenting and reporting on the top orthopaedic news during the year, whether it’s positive, negative, or simply interesting. We’ve also tried to broaden our readers’ horizons by providing reading lists, such as the top 20 musculoskeletal articles, and book reviews.

I always find it interesting to learn what other editors and readers think, so what follows is a listing of the “Top 10” during 2011 for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS), Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), and, of course, AAOS Now. With the number of excellent articles that appear in each of these publications annually, narrowing the field to the “Top 10” isn’t easy. Nor is there a “right” way to make that decision, as this list shows.

Some of these lists are based on the editor’s choice; others are based on the readers’ choice (most read or viewed online). Rankings may be alphabetical or chronological. My compliments to my fellow editors, Vernon T. Tolo, MD, JBJS; Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, JAAOS; and William A. Grana, MD, MPH, OKO, for the excellent work they do and the fine publications that result.

To facilitate your access to these articles, the online version of this article has direct links to them all.

JBJS editor’s choice

  1. Comparison of Minimally Invasive Direct Anterior Versus Posterior Total Hip Arthroplasty Based on Inflammation and Muscle Damage Markers (August 3, 2011)
  2. Computer-Assisted Techniques Versus Conventional Guides for Component Alignment in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Controlled Trial (August 3, 2011)
  3. A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Occupational Therapy with Independent Exercises After Volar Plate Fixation of a Fracture of the Distal Part of the Radius (October 5, 2011)
  4. Risk Factors for Chondrolysis of the Glenohumeral Joint: A Study of Three Hundred and Seventy-five Shoulder Arthroscopic Procedures in the Practice of an Individual Community Surgeon (April 6, 2011)
  5. Midterm Results of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talar Shoulder Treated with Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation (April 6, 2011)
  6. Impaired Growth of Denervated Muscle Contributes to Contracture Formation Following Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injury (March 2, 2011)
  7. Parathyroid Hormone 1-84 Accelerates Fracture-Healing in Pubic Bones of Elderly Osteoporotic Women (September 7, 2011)
  8. Lumbar Plexus Anatomy within the Psoas Muscle: Implications for the Transpsoas Lateral Approach to the L4-L5 Disc (August 17, 2011)
  9. Outcomes of Treatment of Acute Grade-III Isolated and Combined Posterolateral Knee Injuries: A Prospective Case Series and Surgical Technique (September 21, 2011)
  10. Prevalence of Neurologic Lesions After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty (July 20, 2011)

JAAOS most read

  1. Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Upper Extremity (January 2011)
  2. Diagnosis of Periprosthetic Joint Infections of the Hip and Knee (December 2010)
  3. Four Common Types of Bursitis: Diagnosis and Management (June 2011)
  4. Management of Distal Clavicle Fractures (July 2011)
  5. Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee in the Active Patient (July 2010)
  6. Patellar Fractures in Adults (April 2011)
  7. Perioperative Management of Diabetes and Hyperglycemia in Patients Undergoing Orthopaedic Surgery (July 2010)
  8. Shoulder Outcomes Measures (July 2010)
  9. The Modified Stoppa Approach for Acetabular Fracture (March 2011)
  10. Treatment of Lisfranc Joint Injury: Current Concepts (December 2010)

OKO most visited

  1. Proximal Humerus Fractures (January)
  2. Locked Plating for Proximal Humerus Fractures (February)
  3. Low Back Pain (March)
  4. Anterior Hip Approach: Fact or Fiction (April)
  5. Massive Rotator Cuff Tears: Current Concepts (April)
  6. The Evaluation and Management of Acute Compartment Syndrome (April)
  7. Adhesive Capsulitis: Current Concepts (August)
  8. Workup of the Painful Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty (August)
  9. ACL Technique: Two-Incision Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Autograft (October)
  10. Osteonecrosis of the Hip (November)

AAOS Now editor’s choice

  1. A new definition for periprosthetic infection (November)
  2. FDA orders postmarket studies on MOM hip implants (June)
  3. Improving patient safety with a high-risk spine protocol (February)
  4. Orthopaedists respond to disaster in Joplin, Missouri (August)
  5. Ringing the bell on concussion management (September)
  6. Timing of bariatric surgery does not reduce risks for THA patients (March)
  7. Trauma myths—Busted! (April)
  8. Treating tendons, bones, and cartilage with PRP (July)
  9. To the edge and back (October)
  10. “Zero in on zero” to reduce complications (June)

If you disagree with any of these selections, send me your suggestions or the title of any one article that you think should have made the list but didn’t, and I’ll give it its proper exposure in Setting Now Straight next month.

S. Terry Canale, MD, is editor-in-chief of AAOS Now. He can be reached at stcanale@campbellclinic.com