Patellofemoral Disorders

  • Jeffrey T. Spang
  • John P. Fulkerson

Patients presenting with patellofemoral pain represent a challenging population in any orthopaedic practice. Most patients can be successfully managed with a systematic nonoperative program. Patient selection is the key to achieving successful surgical outcomes. A thorough understanding of patellofemoral anatomy coupled with a complete patient history and physical will increase the chances of success with arthroscopic intervention. A variety of pathologic conditions exist in the patellofemoral joint, including cartilage disease, malalignment, instability, arthritis, and soft tissue disorders. Arthroscopy may be the first line of surgical treatment for a complicated problem or the definitive solution to a complex issue. A clear preoperative understanding of the potential pathology that might be encountered at the time of arthroscopy will assist in correctly applying one of several arthroscopic surgical procedures.


Knee Flexion Anterior Knee Pain Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation Lateral Release Patellofemoral Joint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey T. Spang
    • 1
  • John P. Fulkerson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel Hill
  2. 2.Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, University of Connecticut Medical SchoolFarmington

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