Examination of the Patellofemoral Joint

  • Luke JonesEmail author
  • Adam Fell
  • Simon Ball


Physical examination is an important tool in diagnosing patellofemoral problems. Due to the variety of different pathologies which can be exhibited in the joint, a systematic approach is recommended. The authors recommend a stepwise examination, with the patient examined standing, sitting and supine; in each, both a static and dynamic examination is performed. Systematic examination and accurate documentation of findings aid the choice of further investigations and management strategies.


Patellofemoral joint Examination Instability Osteoarthritis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumaChelsea and Westminster HospitalLondonUK

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