Concepts of the Distal Medial Patellar Restraints: Medial Patellotibial Ligament and Medial Patellomeniscal Ligament

Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2019 Dec;27(4):143-149. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000269.


The important medial patellar ligamentous restraints to lateral dislocation are the proximal group (the medial quadriceps tendon femoral ligament and the medial patellofemoral ligament) and the distal group [medial patellotibial ligament (MPTL) and medial patellomeniscal ligament (MPML)]. The MPTL patellar insertion is at inferomedial border of patella and tibial insertion is in the anteromedial tibia. The MPML originates in the inferomedial patella, right proximal to the MPTL, inserting in the medial meniscus. On the basis of anatomy and biomechanical studies, the MPTL and MPML are more important in 2 moments during knee range of motion: terminal extension, when it directly counteracts quadriceps contraction. In a systematic review on MPTL reconstructions 19 articles were included detailing the clinical outcomes of 403 knees. All were case series. Overall, good and excellent outcomes were achieved in >75% of cohorts in most studies and redislocations were <10%, with or without the association of the medial patellofemoral ligament. The MPTL is a relevant additional tool to proximal restraint reconstruction in select patient profiles; however, more definitive clinical studies are necessary to better define surgical indications.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / anatomy & histology*
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery
  • Patella / anatomy & histology
  • Patellar Dislocation / surgery*
  • Patellofemoral Joint / anatomy & histology
  • Patellofemoral Joint / surgery
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Range of Motion, Articular