Patellofemoral Disorders

  • R. Becker
  • C. Stärke


The patellofemoral joint, quadriceps tendon, and patellar ligament are prone to overuse injuries and degenerative changes. As such, they are quite often the source of pain and impairment of knee function is a frequent occurrence. Conditions of this joint have a significant impact on the ability to participate in sports. Thus, particularly in the younger and more active population, such disorders can substantially affect the quality of life. While patellofemoral disorders can be a diagnostic challenge, it is crucial to avoid inappropriate treatments. Scientific insights into patellar tracking and instability have allowed for a more targeted treatment and led to new recommendations. Imaging techniques such as MRI are routine these days and help to visualize the morphology of the patellofemoral joint as well as pathologic changes of cartilage and ligaments. A basic understanding of form-function relations around the knee is mandatory for physicians and physiotherapists in order to correctly appreciate dysfunctions in the patellofemoral joint and to choose successful treatments.


Knee Flexion Anterior Knee Pain Patellar Dislocation Patellofemoral Joint Patellar Instability 
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